Tag Archives: Community


In Gratitude

As a senior who is graduating in less than two weeks, reflection over the past four years and deep, grateful nostalgia have been consuming most of my time. It doesn’t seem real that soon I’ll be an alumna of a university that has taught me the true meaning of a faith that does justice. In [...]

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Being Unreservedly Yourself

“Come up with me! Will you come up with me?!” A teenage girl named J. looked at me and eagerly asked that question as she yanked on my arm, practically dragging me out of the church pew we were sharing. It was Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Bethphage Village in Axtell, NE–where my Spring Break Service [...]


Lessons Learned from the Civil Rights Visionaries of Memphis

  Memphis has Soul Memphis, Tennessee is home to so much more than Graceland, delicious barbeque, and the intriguing duck march of the Peabody Hotel. At the heart of this city is a rich history and culture, with beams of light shining through the darkness. Similar to its influential musical roots and the glittering neon [...]

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Spring Break in Service: SCSJ Service & Justice Trips Enliven Creighton Experience

This Spring Break, Creighton University will again send out a large contingent of students as part of the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice’s Spring Service & Justice Trips. The week of March 11, more than 130 students will fan out across the nation, the state and the city for immersion and service-learning experiences at [...]


Warmth for our neighbors: SCSJ Coat Drive aims to help refugees weather winter

As a hub for refugees the world over, Omaha has proven itself a gracious and welcoming host to many people. The city’s winter weather, however, can be less hospitable, especially for those arriving from warmer climes. Creighton University’s Schlegel Center for Service and Justice is aiming to do something about that with its Fall Coat [...]

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SCSJ readies to send more than 240 students out on Fall Service & Justice Trips

The Creighton University Schlegel Center for Service and Justice Fall Service & Justice Trips will again send students around the nation next week to serve, learn, and go alongside people and projects at 30 different sites. Oct. 12 through 19, around 245 Creighton students will spend their week’s recess from academic pursuits working with people [...]


Hello from the Communications Team!

    Hello! My name is Austin and I am one of the Fantastic Five on the Communications Team. I am excited to immerse myself in more programs hosted by SCSJ and forming new relationships. It’s a pleasure to create digital and printed graphics that are shown around campus. Graphic design can be challenging, but [...]

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‘Do the thing that is yours to do’: Summit asks student leaders to connect local actions with international impact

Thinking globally while acting locally has always been a critical component of the mission for Creighton University’s Schlegel Center for Service and Justice. For three days in July, a quartet of Creighton students took part in Catholic Relief Services’ third biennial Student Ambassador Leaders Together (SALT) Summit at the CRS headquarters in Baltimore and in [...]


Life in Post Graduation Missioning: Speech by Erica Reist

Of course, I first want to congratulate you all, for a lot of things – congratulations for four incredible years at an outstanding University, for giving of your heart and your mind to this place and for leaving your mark on Creighton, for making a commitment to wherever you will be serving and living next [...]

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From Nebraska to Mozambique

Traveling more than 9,000 miles from her hometown to spend nearly six months as a Peace Corps volunteer is not something Jessica Wiens, BA’16, ever dreamed of doing as a child growing up in Grand Island, Nebraska. Yet from May through September 2016, Wiens did just that — working in a small village called Rapale about eight [...]


6 Creighton students spent spring break at a homeless shelter. It was an eye-opening experience

Yoshua Piescer said he was a little scared the other night when a homeless man waved him over in front of the Siena-Francis House homeless shelter. The Creighton University student was in his second day of living at the homeless shelter as part of a spring break service trip. He already had his shoes stolen. [...]

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‘Stories that we should hear’: Simulation provides glimpse of uncertain world in which refugees live

Participants in a Feb. 2, 2018 refugee simulation put on by Creighton University’s Schlegel Center for Service and Justice and Lutheran Family Services, hustle to a “refugee camp” inside the Harper Center.The 50 people crouching in a dark stairwell and trying to keep quiet weren’t really in any danger. There weren’t really mortars incoming. There [...]


Weekly Update March 01- March 27

Sunday, March 01 World Cafe Dialogue: Unpacking Race All Creighton students, faculty and staff are invited to engage in a campus-wide dialogue on the implications of race in the Creighton community, facilitated by the Werner Institute. Due to the February winter storm, the event was rescheduled for 3:00pm in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom on [...]

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Warm Hearts and Hard Starts: A Reflection for World Refugee Day

It was a nice break from the usual slogging through ESL and cultural orientation material. Today, instead of practicing introductions, writing letters and numbers or learning about job expectations, we gathered with the students we were tutoring and worked on an art project together.  With a few paper cut-outs, red, yellow and orange tissue paper, [...]


Our Neighborhood, Our World

As we begin to look forward towards Lent, a quick look back at someone whose intentional life teachings can help us reconnect with God as innocently and fully as a child. Creighton and CCSJ alum, Ben McCann, reflecting on the Anniversary of Fred Rogers’ death (February 27th), invites us to use the lessons of Mr. [...]


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Dorothy Stang, S.N.D: A Modern Martyr

Dorothy Stang was a Sister of Notre Dame. She was born in the United States, but worked and served poor communities in Brazil from the late 1960’s to February 12th, 2005, when she was murdered. She worked to organize Brazilian peasant farmers through the Pastoral Land Commission, a group that “fights for the rights of [...]



National Hug Day: A Way for Love

“Love is understanding, redemptive goodwill for all men, so that you love everybody, because God loves them.” This is part of Martin Luther King’s explanation of love in his sermon “Loving Your Enemies” (which is definitely worth a full read). In this understanding, love is not just the strong affection concerning intimate partners, but also [...]


My NOLA Days

Over fall break, I went on a Service and Justice Trip to the Duchesne House in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our service was working for the St. Bernard Project, rebuilding homes that have not yet been repaired after Hurricane Katrina. The thing that I enjoyed most about volunteering for St. Bernhard Project was that we were [...]

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Upcoming Events: A Place at the Table

Film Streams A Place at the Table runs Friday, May 3 through May 16th at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater. The film discusses food injustice-specifically food insecurity. Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite the fact that we have the means to provide nutritious, [...]



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Vocations and Shingles

When I think about the experiences I had in Stroud, OK during my Spring Break Service & Justice Trip , what separates this trip from any other service experience I had is the people I shared it with, both in the community of Stroud and with my fellow Creighton students. To be perfectly honest, I [...]



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Social Analysis: Students Take a Close Look at Homelessness

On Monday, students who attend weekly service at the Siena/Francis House were invited to come together for a social analysis to discuss issues surrounding poverty and homelessness. Every week at the Siena/Francis House, Creighton students eat dinner with the residents and then listen to the story of someone in the Addiction Recovery Program. It is [...]


A Little Sun and Water – Growing Community

One of my highlights of the entire Fall Break Service and Justice Trip about Sustainability in Omaha was going to City Sprouts, a community garden located close to the Augustana Lutheran Church (where we stayed for the trip). I loved being outside with nature and doing some good old physical labor beside my group members. [...]

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