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Serve Seeking Justice

Social Justice and Service Programming

Campus Ministry's SERVE programs are designed to form students to become “Men and Women for and with Others.” Through service and social justice activities, students experience the "gritty realities" of the world, reflect on those experiences, and consider how their experiences may motivate them to think and act differently. In collaboration with the Center for Service and Community Engagement, service programs lead participants to an understanding and integration of social justice as it relates to their faith lives, as well as their academic, professional and civic-minded interests.

Through the Center for Service and Community Engagement, opportunities are available for long-term and short-term service commitments.   

Deepen your understanding of outreach and justice through direct service, theological reflection, and social analysis in the St. Louis community.


Year-long volunteer & service programs, social justice study abroad programs, as well as unique fellowship and scholarship opportunities are a few of the ways to immerse yourself in developmental and mission-driven activities before and after graduation. Many domestic and international volunteer programs offer stipends and other forms of financial aid to help cover the costs of living.


An opportunity for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. It is a place where people are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked. The weekend ends with a day of direct advocacy to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Travel to service and immersion sites throughout the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean to experience solidarity among vulnerable communities. Sites have included: New Orleans, Appalachia, the Navajo Nation, El Salvador, Jamaica, Belize, and several other destinations.


This interactive series entails a variety of formats. From workshops to presentations, this series seeks to build on participants' service and social justice involvements. The series seeks to empower students to be effective advocates for social change.


Looking for local to global service communities? Interfaith Alliance, and SLUCORE might be the groups for you. These student organizations are SERVE program partners that promote interfaith activities, social justice awareness, and service in the community.


The aim of the Global and Local Justice Initiative is to help members of the Saint Louis University community extend their efforts on behalf of social justice beyond individual charitable impulses and toward the construction of a more just society. This aim is advanced though activities related to teaching, research, and service.


                                            SERVE seeking Justice: Program Values

 - As people of faith we should be concerned for people and communities with direct and immediate needs.  This concern is often expressed through charity and direct service.  Campus Ministry programs often involve this type of service.  From building homes in Belize to working in a community garden in North St. Louis, we strive to enhance the well-being of those we encounter through our loving actions.

 - When faced with structures and systems that perpetuate suffering we are called to work towards social change.  Often, this change begins within ourselves when we experience or witness an injustice. Through Immersion Trips during semester breaks, students get the opportunity to build relationships with individuals, communities, and organizations working towards social change.

COMMUNITY -The value of community lies in its ability to draw us out of ourselves and into the lives of others. It is a value based on the nature of God's own self. Community challenges us to see the interconnectedness of all of God's creation and to work towards a world that enhances the well-being of everyone. In all of the faith and justice programs community.

SPIRITUALITY & REFLECTION - In light of the Jesuit educational aspiration of forming "men and women for others" and the Jesuit emphasis on becoming "contemplatives in action," Campus Ministry places a high level of priority on the values of spirituality, reflection, and contemplation. These values are woven into every component of faith and justice programs in the hope that students will develop a growing sense of the presence and call of God in their own lives and in the lives of the poor and marginalized.

SIMPLICITY & SUSTAINABILITY - The values of simplicity and sustainability are countercultural in a society that emphasizes the need to have more and more. As individuals living in a world with limited resources and a deteriorating environment we are constantly being challenged to seek new ways of living; ways that are more harmonious and life giving. By offering students opportunities to slow down and to reflect, Campus Ministry encourages students to integrate simplicity and sustainability into their own lives.

SOLIDARITY - Solidarity takes expression through awareness, prayer, and action. Solidarity is the lifeblood of community.  In the Parable of the Sheep and Goats, Jesus reminds us of what it means to be in solidarity when he says "whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you did for me." Through service and justice oriented programs Campus Ministry strives to build a sense of solidarity with the "least" of those around us. 

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