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. Interfaith Alliance and SLUCORE are two student organizations that are SERVE program partners promoting interfaith activities, social justice awareness, and service in the community.
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.
This is part of Campus Ministry's ongoing efforts to facilitate conversations around identity, privilege and power brought up by Michael Brown's death in Ferguson. The retreat is a setting where we can lower our defensive barriers enough to allow the reality of other people's experiences to challenge and transform the way we engage with each other as a community. This two day workshop will help students develop communication skills to engage the vital conversations about race, privilege and structural justice that are taking place on campus and in the broader community.
SOCIAL JUSTICE - 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 Experiences 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.