The Urban Plunge is an opportunity for students to explore social justice issues and community service within the City of St. Louis and to reflect on their experiences in the light of their faith, civic involvements, and/or academic path. Reflections focus on poverty and marginalization and how individuals and society often respond. As part of this experience, students have the opportunity to participate in immersion and service projects throughout the City of St. Louis. Individual and group reflection is an integral part of the Urban Plunge experience.
The Urban Plunge incorporates the values a part of Campus Ministry's SERVE seeking Justice programs: service, social justice, community, spirituality and reflection, simplicity and sustainability, and solidarity.
The 2014 experience will take place on September 19-21. Specific dates and times will be released soon, along with the applications.
What to Bring
You will be sleeping on the floor of a large activity room with other retreatants. You will not be provided with beds, sheets, or pillows. Showers will not be available. What you should bring:
• An overnight bag (pajamas; toiletries; medicines, etc)
• A sleeping bag/sheets/blankets, and a pillow
• A warm sweat shirt and/or jacket
• Clothes that you do not mind getting dirty at your service site
• A change of clothes for after you return from your service site
• A Nalgene or other type of water bottle
• A journal if you have one and a Bible or other inspirational book you use for reflection
Who Should Register
Any SLU student interested in service, faith, and justice is welcome to register. The Urban Plunge is ideal for any first-year student new to St. Louis, or any student wanting to learn more about the City of St. Louis and its neighborhoods. Participants should be open to small group reflections, social analysis, and faith sharing. All faith traditions are welcome. This experience is open to students with faith-based motivations for attending as well as students who have civic-minded concerns in community development.
Registration and Withdrawal Policies
Registration for the Urban Plunge is on a first come, first served basis. All payments must be made before attending the retreat.
If spaces are filled at the time of registration, you can request to be put on the waiting list. If you need to withdraw your registration, you can receive a full refund prior to the retreat registration deadline. However, after the registration deadline NO REFUNDS will be issued. For extenuating circumstances please speak with the Faith and Justice Coordinator in Campus Ministry.
For more information, contact John Burke, Faith and Justice Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 977-1532.