Campus Ministry Happenings
June 10, 2020
A Message from Campus Ministry Staff
Dear Seattle University Students,
It is with grieving hearts that we write to you. We grieve the loss of the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Manuel Ellis, and the countless other Black people who have been killed in this country, a country built on the evil of white supremacy. To our Black students: we repent of our failure to truly see and adequately respond to the burdens of racism you carry. We commit to a new way of proceeding in the future.
We write as people of faith to our campus community. We remember that our holy scriptures embody a message of love and justice, rather than dominance and oppression. Our university’s Catholic, Christian heritage is founded on the principle that all people are created in God’s image and that the life and dignity of every person is of ultimate importance. For far too long, the life and dignity of Black people in the United States has been systematically undermined, denied, and extinguished. This has often been supported and perpetuated by silence from white Christian communities. Therefore, our faith demands that we commit to dismantling the structures of racism and injustice infecting our institutions and hearts.
As people of faith, we are rooted in the spirit of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who embodied God’s message of dignity and love. In his time, Jesus’s proclamation that “the reign of God is among you” (Luke 17:21) was radical, defiant, and hopeful. The cross, itself a symbol of state-sponsored violence, reminds us of the execution of countless Black people in our own country at the hands of police and our justice system. Faith requires us to hear and join the voices of people most victimized by our unjust and unequal systems. To be a person of faith today is to defiantly proclaim with hope, “Black lives matter.”
As a campus community, we must join each other in ongoing, prayerful discernment in the service of racial justice. We must listen more carefully to the needs and experiences of Black students and community members. We acknowledge that you, our students, lead us on this journey along a path that demands personal, communal, and institutional conversion – the call to “system and soul work” that Dr. Natasha Martin invited us to in last week’s vigil for racial justice. With faith, we approach a future full of hope, as promised by a loving and merciful God.
Campus Ministry remains committed to working at the intersection of faith and justice. We will continue to foster a healthy community on our campus. We will prayerfully question and define our role in the work for racial justice as we pursue God’s dream of justice and peace in our world.
In solidarity and hope,
Seattle University Campus Ministry Staff
Lament and Hope: A Vigil for Racial Justice
We also encourage you to take the time to read Dr. Natasha Martin's letter to the campus community from May 29, 2020, which is available here.
This Week in Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry has moved our programming online! Find out how you can get involved in faith, justice, and community with Camp Min. Drop into one of our events and offerings, or sign up for one of our programs requiring registration or application. Click the respective image to learn more. Please note that some event information may only be visible to people signed into their ConnectSU accounts.
EVENTS AND OFFERINGS
Thursday, June 11, 6:00-6:30, Zoom
Calling all students who graduate in Winter and Spring 2020 -- Campus Ministry would like to gather (virtually) with you to celebrate and mark the end of your Seattle U journey with time in community for celebration and blessing. Join us on Zoom for a short program. Please RSVP to this event on ConnectSU in order to receive the Zoom link, and answer a short question to help enrich the program.
Stay tuned for updates on upcoming opportunities to explore faith, justice, and community while staying connected with Campus Ministry and with each other over the summer!
FINALS WEEK BLESSING
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Campus Ministry and the Arrupe Jesuit community offer a prayer of blessing for our students for finals week. Good luck this week as you complete Spring Quarter Redhawks!
- Friday, June 12: Black Student Union Ally Roundtable
BSU will be hosting a roundtable discussion for allies who want to uplift the black community from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Details on ConnectSU.
- Friday, June 12: Lavender Graduation Ceremony
Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in celebrating LGBTQIA+ students who are graduating this year.
Friday, June 12: International Student Graduation Reception
Join the International Student Center from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in celebrating the accomplishments of graduating international students at Seattle University.
Saturday, June 13: Graduating Students of Color Celebration
Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in celebrating graduating students of color.
Beyond Seattle U
- Saturday, June 13: Restless Hearts Retreat for Young Adults
The Maryknoll Young Adult Team brings you a one day retreat on grieving, coping, and hoping. Our Restless Hearts Retreat is a time for young adults to process and navigate through personal and collective losses. We are facing deep complexities of intersectional grief in our losses—great and small—in this pandemic, including the killing of George Floyd and ongoing injustices against our Black sisters and brothers. This time in prayer, reflection, and community is a time to process our grief. We will listen to guest speakers including Dr. Ansel Augustine and Mario Martinez as they offer insight into coping and processing skills to support us in this time of suffering and loss. Offered in Spanish as "Corazones Inquietos" on June 20 (details below).
- Thursday, June 18: Just Mercy Virtual Reflection and Discussion
The Catholic Mobilizing Network invites you to participate in a communal reflection on the story of Bryan Stevenson and Walter McMillian as told in the film Just Mercy, and explore ways to dismantle racism in our systems and structures—and within ourselves.
- Saturday, June 20: Corazones Inquietos: Retiro Virtual de Jovenes Adultos
Nuestro equipo de jóvenes adultos de Maryknoll estamos ofreciendo a todos los jóvenes adultos un retiro virtual de un día sobre duelo, afrontamiento y esperanza. Nuestro Retiro “Corazones Inquietos” es un momento para que los jóvenes procesen y naveguen sus pérdidas personales y colectivas. Estamos enfrentando profundas complejidades de aflicción interseccional en nuestras pérdidas—grandes y pequeñas—en esta pandemia, incluyendo el asesinato de George Floyd y las continuas injusticias contra nuestros hermanos y hermanas de la comunidad Afro Americana y contra nuestros imigrantes. Nuestro tiempo en la oración, la reflexión y la comunidad es un momento para procesar nuestro dolor. Escucharemos a los presentadores invitados, incluyendo el Padre Arturo Araujo y Mario Martinez, quienes ofrecerán información y ejercicios prácticos sobre cómo afrontar y procesar este tiempo de sufrimiento.
- Saturday, June 20: Summer Day of Reflection: After a Storm, The Lark Sings
Join the Ignatian Spirituality Center from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the middle of the calendar year for a virtual personal mini-retreat. Using the metaphor of the lark and other birds, Rosanne Michaels will lead you through four movements of a key Ignatian prayer form known as the Examen through presentations; scripture, poetry and questions for reflection; and abundant time for prayer and journaling. At the end, there will be an opportunity for everyone to share graces from the day. This day of reflection will be an opportunity to reflect on God's presence through your consolations and desolations in the first half of the year, and to listen for God's direction and invitation for you moving forward into the rest of the year
- Danny Woo Community Garden Work Day: Join the Seattle University Center for Community Engagement on Saturday, June 13 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for a day of service in the Danny Woo Community Garden. No garden experience necessary! Please bring a water bottle and closed-toed shoes. RSVP online.
- Volunteer with Nurturing Roots Farm: Nurturing Roots Farm has posted a call for volunteers on their Facebook page on Sundays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. They are asking volunteers to bring a mask and practice social distancing while on site.
- Our friends at SU's Center for Community Engagement have pulled together an extensive collection of Resources for Racial Equity, which you can access on their website.
- Check out the #BlackCatholics Syllabus compiled by Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt, a sociologist of religion based out of Philadelphia.
Reflecting with Sunday's Scriptures
This week's Sunday Scripture Reflection comes to us from in video form, from JoAnn Lopez, Campus Minister for Liturgy and Resident MInister in Campion Hall! This video appears in the Scripture Reflections portion of our website, where you can also find a playlist of corresponding liturgical music, as well as scripture reflections written by campus ministers, students, and community members every Sunday–Friday.
"Believing in Jesus demands sharing in his life and mission in our current context through concrete action...It is not enough to speak up, we must also take action by enfleshing in our world the promise that Black Lives Matter...We cannot claim that we believe in the Trinitarian God without courageously proclaiming and acting for God’s kingdom of love and justice in our world today."
–JoAnn Lopez, Campus Minister for Liturgy and Resident Minister in Campion Hall
More Resources and Ways to Connect
Read scripture reflections from campus ministers, students, and community members every Sunday–Friday.
Use this form to connect with a Campus Minister for a video or phone one-on-one conversation. Campus Ministers are available Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm PDT and will respond to you within one working day.
Submit an intention, and another member of our faith community will offer it in prayer.
The SU Food Pantry, located in the Office of Multicultural Affairs suite in Pavilion 180 will be open during spring break and spring quarter. Due to COVID-19, the pantry hours have been adjusted.
Each Tuesday, Campus Ministry will feature a playlist from a different member of our community of songs that are grounding us in these times.
Our friends at the Center for Student Involvement have pulled together a page of resources for building virtual community in the coming months. Check it out!
If you or someone around you is experiencing an emergency or are in a crisis, please call one of the numbers below to get in touch with someone right away:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)
- ULifeline - Text START to 741-741
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233 (1-800-799-SAFE)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-4673 (1-800-656-HOPE)
- King County Crisis Clinic - 206-461-3222 or 866-427-4747
- King County Sexual Assault Resource Center - 888.99.VOICE