Serve Seeking Justice
Social Justice and Service Programming
Campus Ministry's service and justice programs are designed to form students to become “contemplatives in action.” Through opportunities for service and justice, students experience the gritty reality of the world, reflect on that reality, and allow that reality to transform their thoughts and actions. In colloboration 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.
Reach out to the broader St. Louis community through Campus Ministry service outings. Through the Center for Service and Community Engagement, oportunities 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.
In honor of the the six Jesuits and their coworkers assassinated at the University of Central America in 1989, SLU students, faculty, and staff travel to Washington, DC for a peaceful teach-in and lobby day on worldwide social justice issues.
Travel to service and immersion sites throughout the U.S., Latin America , and the Caribbean to experience solidarity among vulnerable communities. BreakOut sites include New Orleans, Appalachia, the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, El Salvador, Jamaica, Belize, and several other destinations.
Service - 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.
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 BreakOut trips over school breaks and the trip to the Ignatian Family Teach-In on Justice, 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 the value of community is foundational.
Spirituality and 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 and 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.