Tag Archives: Reflection


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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A little rain couldn't stop the Mosaic group from helping transport residents to their day-sites.

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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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 [...]


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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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. [...]


3-3 Program Student Angie Ngo Blends Social Justice and Business

When sophomore Angie Ngo was researching universities as a high school senior, she was looking to continue her Catholic education. New to her, however, was the Jesuit tradition. “I sought out Jesuit universities because I was intrigued by their mission and work with social justice,” the Boise, Idaho native says. “I knew that I wanted to [...]

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Wisdom For the Journey

      Former SCSJ Graduate Assistant, Kevin Kuehl, shared some wisdom for all those participating in Post-Graduate Volunteering or entering religious life upon graduation last spring. Here are the words he sent them off with during the Post-Graduate Volunteering and Religious Life Missioning Service: Good morning! I’m so excited to share in this moment with [...]


Using Economics to Do Justice

  For the past ten weeks I have been a Micah Corps intern for the Great Plains Methodist Conference. Through this internship, my team and I researched social justice topics in the community with individuals who are facing these struggles every day and with organizations who are working to combat those struggles. We traveled through [...]

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Our Call to the Cross

A Reflection on the Salvadoran Civil War On November 16, 1989, in the midst of El Salvador’s brutal civil war, six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter were assassinated by a Salvadoran death squad at the University of Central America (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador. The Jesuits had been identified with the rebels in [...]



Forgiveness

“If we believe terrorists are past redemption, we should just rip up like 1/2 the New Testament because it was written by one.” –Shane Claiborne A few weeks ago, I heard a talk by Shane Claiborne. For those of you who don’t know, Shane is a peace activist who advocates for non-violence on a personal [...]



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The Power of Loving Words

When you ask most individuals who have been to Chicago to describe their experience, many will tell you about the striking big city with Broadway productions, delicious restaurants, and fabulous shopping. However, this extravagant side of Chicago represents a very small portion of the city. For my Spring Break Service & Justice Trip, I spent [...]



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Reshaping the Future through Sustainable Action

The sustainability Fall Break Service and Justice trip was a great experience for me. As I walked towards our site, I looked around at my peers. They were exhausted carrying their belongings and groceries. I thought to myself, Okay, no big deal. We are on 24th street, and we need to get up to 38th [...]


Stroud Proud

The town of Stroud is generally frowned upon by Oklahomans. Before our service trip, I talked to a few friends from Oklahoma. “Oh, you’re going to Stroud?” they would say. “I’m sorry.” I didn’t understand why people seemed to dislike my service site so much, but I figured that maybe it had something to do [...]

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Piggyback Pride

Until a few days ago, I had never given a piggyback ride. I’m so quiet that children often don’t think of asking me for them, and I wasn’t about to offer one because I am not at all athletic. I suspected that piggyback rides were one of those things that “everyone” is strong enough to [...]


Facing the Sweat Lodge

All week we had heard stories; stories of what to wear and what to bring, stories of what to expect- what the experience would be like, but no matter how many stories we heard and no matter how much water we had consumed the night before, as we approached the small dome shaped tent on [...]

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A Moment of Change

I think that everyone in the Stroud, Oklahoma group can agree that the week we spent in there was both rewarding and inspiring. It was definitely an experience we will never forget. The Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, which was only 1 hour away from our site, emphasized the times before and after the bombing in [...]