Ditch ‘Dat Bag! – Resusable bags & loving on Mother Earth

Last week, students in the Cortina program and other Creightonians participated in an event to create re-usable bags out of old t-shirts.  Fun (and cookies) was had by all!

For information on how to DIY your own bag, check out these websites:

Tote bag from an Old-T-shirt

Fancy t-shirt bag

Look at how much fun we had:

Cesar Torres making his re-useable bag!  Go Jays!

Cesar Torres making his re-useable bag! Go Jays!

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Hong: “Re-useable bags will help bring about world peace!”

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Maryann and Joey collaborate on a new bag design.

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Ed and Maryann work to make a Cortina version of the re-useable t-shirt bag.

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The team making their re-useable bags.

Cortina leader, Savannah Rodriguez, and friends, Stefan Peterson and Alex Sipe, check out the strength of the t-shirt bag: It holds 500 lbs!

Cortina leader, Savannah Rodriguez, and friends, Stefan Peterson and Alex Sipe, check out the strength of the t-shirt bag: It holds 500 lbs!

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Today, September 1st, is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Here is a web page of resources, which includes some ideas for what individuals and what communities might do to recognize this day.

http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Environment/Day-of-Prayer.html

Let us join our sisters and brothers around the world in praying that this gift of God’s creation – including those who suffer first and the most from the degradation of our common environment – might be blessed by better care from all of us.

Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.

Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.

Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.

The poor and the earth are crying out.

O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.

Praise be to you!

Amen.
(Prayer at the end of Pope Francis’ letter, “On Care for Our Common Home.”)

The Collaborative Ministry Office at Creighton University

Cortina Service Sites – Sign Up Here!

Friends,

Exciting news this year!  You can sign-up for your own service site.  To do so, please click here.  MyCortina allows you to select your service site based on your availability.

Through the collaboration and support of representative Mark Panning with the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) at Creighton University, Cortina students will now have the capacity to sign-up independently for their service sites during the year. This project was the brainchild of the Lieben Center Graduate Assistant, Hamed Poursharafoddin, and the Cortina Director, Kate Macan. This system is user-friendly and allows for students to easily access information on all of the different service opportunities in the program, while consulting their class schedule at the same time. Much like signing up for a course, students will be able to gain access to information about the site leader, the date, time and location. This platform, MyCortina, will facilitate ease of communication between all parties, student, formation group leaders and the Cortina director. Check it out and sign-up now!

A prayer for a new year-Welcoming our new freshmen to Cortina

Drenched in Holiness: Prayer for a New Year

Dear God,
On this day I ask You to grant this request?
May I know who I am and what I am,
Every moment of every day.
May I be a catalyst for light and love,
And bring inspiration to those whose eyes I meet.
May I have the strength to stand tall in the face of conflict,
And the courage to speak my voice, even when I’m scared.
May I have the humility to follow my heart,
And the passion to live my soul’s desires.
May I seek to know the highest truth
And dismiss the gravitational pull of my lower self.
May I embrace and love the totality of myself?
My darkness as well as my light.
May I be brave enough to hear my heart?
To let it soften so that I may gracefully
Choose faith over fear.
Today is my day to surrender anything that stands
Between the sacredness of my humanity and my divinity.
May I be drenched in my Holiness
And engulfed by Your love.
May all else melt away.
And so it is.
-Debbie Ford

Anxiously awaiting your arrival to start our new year together.

Anxiously awaiting your arrival to start our new year together.

Here to welcome you!

Here to welcome you!

Still Accepting Applications – Class of 2019 Apply Now!

If you’re looking to live your CU experience differently, then Cortina is the program for you.  Come and join us in Deglman Hall and explore service, faith and justice in our intentional living community.  Please complete the application no later than June 20.  Direct your questions to katemacan@creighton.edu.

Cortina Podcast Now Live!

Get excited because you can now listen to “What Would Jon Cortina Do?” — the Cortina podcast — on iTunes or Google Play.  You can also check them out at SoundCloud.  See the titles and creators below. Enjoy!

Racism in the Modern World — Smiley Kotob and Kyle Armstrong
Where does racism come from? Where does racism come from and what does it look like internationally?

Misrepresentation of Minorities — Joey Wichep and Avelyss Roman
What is it like to be a minority on Creighton’s campus? What are some of the beliefs people have about minorities on campus?

Judging a Book by its Cover: The Real Truth about What’s Inside the Pages — Shannon Mulcahey and Sheri Tochiki
What are some of the stereotypes students encounter at Creighton and how does it affect our educational experience?

Striving vs. Surviving: Breaking Barriers — Loriana Harkey and Kara Harvey
How do people feel about homelessness on Creighton’s campus? How do we break down barriers between ourselves and the people around us?

Hunger in America — MaryAnn Rigo and Michelle Doyle
What are the effects of hunger in America and what can we do about it?

OMGMOs: Genetically Modified Organisms — Summer Nguyen, Jade Cameron, Natalie Lang
Who controls our food supply? What are GMOs and why should we care?

Sudanese Refugees in the Omaha Community — Eithne Leahy and Linh Tranh
What is the political situation in Sudan? What is life like for Sudanese refugees in Omaha?

Dependent Adult Abuse — Amy Dusselier, Delaney Peterson, Jeni Obman
What is dependent adult abuse? Why does it concern us as Creighton students and what can we do about it?

Love is Love, No Matter What — Anna Gerze and Kaylee Zhang
What are some of the views of same-sex marriage around the world?

The Care of a Community — Ed Nunez and Sarah Guntz
What does it mean that Creighton recently extended benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages? Why did Creighton do this and how does it affect the campus community?

Ending the Cycle of “Who Cares?” — Arash Hamidi and Peyton Schneider
How do issues like politics, immigration, climate change affect us as Creighton students and why should we care about them?

Alcohol in the College Lifestyle — Cristina Marquez and Tommy Walther
Why do college students drink? What causes and contributes to the drinking culture on college campuses?

The Psychological Effects of Bullying — Alex Banketov and Kareim Bakhsh
How does bullying continue to affect us as adults? What is the psychological effects of bullying on “bullies” and “victims” of bullying?

Chemical Allure — Rachel O’Neal and Kate Albrecht
What kind of chemicals are in the beauty products we use every day? What are the effects of these chemicals on our bodies?

What’s in Your Diet? — Katherine Crowley and Maggie Cooper
How does the food we eat relate to our everyday lives? How can our food connect us to our mind, body, and spirit?

Anonymity Online —Mateo Le Noir and Calvin Senteza
What does it mean that people can be totally “anonymous” online? How does online anonymity affect the way we communicate on campus?

Gender Inequality on College Campuses — Carly Kenney and Katie Rasmussen
What are some ways that gender inequality is important on Creighton’s campus? Why should you care about feminism?

Sex Trafficking in the Omaha Community — Mary Elizabeth Yeh and Sarah Kort
What is sex trafficking? How does it affect us here in Omaha and what can you do about it?

Gay Rights and Human Rights in Today’s Society — Sydney Kidd and Katie Riedell
Why did Creighton University extend benefits to same-sex couples? Why is this a human rights issue?

Historically Black Colleges and Universities — Sydney Lynch and Matthew Tran
What role do Historically Black Colleges and Universities play in the lives of American college students? How do they work to achieve educational inequality?

The American System and Pay Inequality — Vincent Salazar and Kaylee Stankus
What are the causes and effects of pay inequalities in the United States?

What’s Up In The World Wednesday

On this brisk, February Wednesday there is much going on in the world!

ISIS Kill List: A senior US official revealed that the United States has a secret list of the top ISIS personnel in Iraq and Syria it hopes to target in future airstrikes. This news has been divulged after the public executions of foreign civilians. Pope Francis has recently deemed the ISIS killings as “barbaric.” You can read more about the United States’ plan to attack ISIS members here.

2016 Presidential Race: While 2015 is only a couple of months in, the 2016 presidential election is already highly anticipated. Both republican Mitt Romney and democrat Elizabeth Warren have already announced that they will not be in running, but there is much excitement about who might run. Many see this race as belonging to Hilary Clinton, who a majority of Americans believes represents the future, which you can read about here. To see a full list of potential presidential candidates you can look here.

Cortina Podcasts – Listen Up! On BLUJ radio on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in February

Hello Cortina!

Last semester, the students in Cortina’s Composition class wrote, recorded, and edited podcasts about social justice issues. The podcasts include interviews with campus and community members, scholarly research, personal thoughts, reflections, and witty banter.

Throughout the month of February, they will be broadcast on Creighton’s student-run radio station, BLUJ radio.You can listen by  tuning in to BLUJ radio 7-9am Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February. If you can’t listen then, the podcasts will also be available to download. I am working with BLUJ radio on how to host them, and will let you know as soon as I find out.

The broadcast schedule is below! They are a great way to inform yourself about social justice and get to know your fellow Cortinians! Enjoy!

Tuesday Feb. 3

Smiley Kotob and Kyle Armstrong, Racism in the Modern World

Where does racism come from? Where does racism come from and what does it look like internationally?

Joey Wichep and Avelyss Roman, Misrepresentation of Minorities

What is it like to be a minority on Creighton’s campus? What are some of the beliefs people have about minorities on campus?

Shannon Mulcahey and Sheri Tochiki, Judging a Book by its Cover: The Real Truth about What’s Inside the Pages

What are some of the stereotypes students encounter at Creighton and how does it affect our educational experience?

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Thursday, Feb. 5

Loriana Harkey and Kara Harvey, Striving vs. Surviving: Breaking Barriers

How do people feel about homelessness on Creighton’s campus? How do we break down barriers between ourselves and the people around us?

MaryAnn Rigo and Michelle Doyle, Hunger in America

What are the effects of hunger in America and what can we do about it?

Summer Nguyen, Jade Cameron, Natalie Lang, OMGMOs: Genetically Modified Organisms

Who controls our food supply? What are GMOs and why should we care?

___

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Eithne Leahy and Linh Tranh, Sudanese Refugees in the Omaha Community

What is the political situation in Sudan? What is life like for Sudanese refugees in Omaha?

Amy Dusselier, Delaney Peterson, and Jeni Obman, Dependent Adult Abuse

What is dependent adult abuse? Why does it concern us as Creighton students and what can we do about it?

___

Thursday, Feb. 12

Anna Gerze and Kaylee Zhang, Love is Love, No Matter What

What are some of the views of same-sex marriage around the world?

Ed Nunez and Sarah Guntz, The Care of a Community

What does it mean that Creighton recently extended benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages? Why did Creighton do this and how does it affect the campus community?

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Tuesday, Feb. 17

Arash Hamidi and Peyton Schneider, Ending the Cycle of “Who Cares?”

How do issues like politics, immigration, climate change affect us as Creighton students and why should we care about them?

Cristina Marquez and Tommy Walther, Alcohol in the College Lifestyle

Why do college students drink? What causes and contributes to the drinking culture on college campuses?

Alex Banketov and Kareim Bakhsh, The Psychological Effects of Bullying

How does bullying continue to affect us as adults? What is the psychological effects of bullying on “bullies” and “victims” of bullying?

___

Thursday, Feb. 19

Rachel O’Neal and Kate Albrecht, Chemical Allure

What kind of chemicals are in the beauty products we use every day? What are the effects of these chemicals on our bodies?

Katherine Crowley and Maggie Cooper, What’s in Your Diet?

How does the food we eat relate to our everyday lives? How can our food connect us to our mind, body, and spirit?

____

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Mateo Le Noir and Calvin Senteza, Anonymity Online

What does it mean that people can be totally “anonymous” online? How does online anonymity affect the way we communicate on campus?

Carly Kenney and Katie Rasmussen, Gender Inequality on College Campuses

What are some ways that gender inequality is important on Creighton’s campus? Why should you care about feminism?

Mary Elizabeth Yeh and Sarah Kort, Sex Trafficking in the Omaha Community

What is sex trafficking? How does it affect us here in Omaha and what can you do about it?

_____

Thursday, Feb. 26

Sydney Kidd and Katie Riedell, Gay Rights and Human Rights in Today’s Society

Why did Creighton University extend benefits to same-sex couples? Why is this a human rights issue?

Sydney Lynch and Matthew Tran, Historically Black Colleges and Universities

What role do Historically Black Colleges and Universities play in the lives of American college students? How do they work to achieve educational inequality?

Vincent Salazar and Kaylee Stankus, The American System and Pay Inequality

What are the causes and effects of pay inequalities in the United States?

Cortina Sophomore Application LIVE!

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Rising sophomores, the moment has arrived, drum-roll please… If you’d like to join the Cortina Community next year, please complete the New Sophomore application.

Applications are due by February 8!

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Kate Macan (katemacan@creighton.edu) or Sarah Peraud (sarahperaud@creighton.edu).

Also, Information Nights are happening next week in Residence Halls near you.  Come hear more about community life in Cortina February 1 – February 5.  Hope to see you there!

 

Love in the Ordinary & reflections on MLK Day

“Love doesn’t mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.”
Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

Friends,

As we begin this new year and continue our reflection on Sunday’s Formation Time, I wanted to share a few resources with you.  First, as Tom Shadyac shares, “We are all connected –   connected to each other and to everything around us.”  Thus, we really are powerful beyond measure.  What we do and say–no matter how great or small–has impact.  We truly can be forces of good in this world.

I know that I get caught up in the notion that I need to do something big and important and I let myself become entangled by my ego.  Often times, this results in my inaction because I become too overwhelmed by the prospect of actually achieving change, and I’m not too keen on failure.  So, it becomes easier to do nothing.  Yet, if I let myself step outside of myself (my way of being in the world) and take a good look at the world and those around me, it becomes apparent that every little action I do does have meaning–how I greet others, where I choose to shop and how I choose to get to the store.  Little things have big impact.

To inspire your continued reflection, I recommend the following podcast from On Being: The Art and Discipline of Nonviolence with Civil Rights activist, John Lewis.  In the podcast, Lewis talks about the power of love and the power of love in action.  I think he addresses the challenge we were left with in the Documentary I Am.  Both challenge us to pray with our feet, “to do all that we can do while we occupy this space” (Lewis).

You are the solution.  I AM the solution.  WE ARE THE SOLUTION.