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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Campus ministry educating for social j By JOE COOK and CHRISTINE HOEHN Catholic Campus Ministry In our last article, we wrote about campus ministry's need to help with the formation of Christian conscience in the university cul- ture. Through the formation of conscience, one is led to the next aspect of campus min- istry: educating for social justice. All social justice flows from the bibli- cal story of creation wherein every human being, beginning with Adam and Eve, is created in the image and likeness of God. Because we are sons and daughters of the same God, we are compelled to see each other as brother and sister, and to recog- nize the presence of our brother Jesus in each person. I University of Evansville students and facul- ty enjoy a "Friday of Lent" pancake dinner. Donations for the dinner were contributed to the Medical Mission Sisters. From ancient times, God commanded his chosen people to care for the foreigner, the widow and the orphan in the land (Ex 22:21-24). GOd sent his prophets to warn His people when they had forgotten their obligation to meet the needs of their most destitute brothers and sisters (Jer 22:3). Jesus depicted our final judgment as a measure of our service to the "lowest" members of society, for if we cannot recog- nize Jesus in the hungry, the homeless, the imprisoned and the sick, then we simply cannot recognize Jesus (Mt 25: 31-46). God's word reveals to us the relationship we have to every other member of the human race. In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man suffers in the fires of eternal punishment, whereas Lazarus rests comfortably in the bosom of Abraham. Did the rich man suf- fer eternally because he did something to Lazarus? No. The rich man suffers because he sim- ply ignored the suffering Lazarus at his gate (Lk 16: 19-31). As fol- lowers of Jesus Christ, then, we cannot simply ignore the social disorder of this world. We are called to respect, literally to "take a second look," andsee our rela- tionship to all people. We are all brothers and sisters because of the God who created us and the Spirit who dwells within us. Part of the campus minister's work is to educate the univer- sity on issues of social justice. University life provides ample opportunity to not only teach about social justice, but to actively pursue social justice. Each college campus offers its own unique answers to univer- sal problems. At the University of Southern Indiana, campus ministry works with existing clubs and offices to support the student food closet. Canned food drives are held in student housing. We prepare and assist in the distribution of Thanksgiving baskets for the needy of the community. At the opening of this school year, vol- unteer service opportunities Students from the University of Evansville and the Indiana participate in the March for Life in were made available for all incoming freshman as a component of their orien- tation. Students have worked to provide toys for toddlers at Christmas, cam- paigned for the homeless, and provided sandwiches for meals served at the Ozanam Family Center. The role of cam- pus ministry means we also advocate for just policies as members of the student affairs staff and to model justice for the greater university campus. The Newman Center at the University of Evansville also addresses issues of social justice in several ways. Meatless dinners are held each Friday of Lent, with dona- tions going to different charities. Benefac- tors of the dinners have included Medical Mission Sisters, Amnesty International, and Catholic Charities to help with the local flood relief. Community-building activities have added a social dimension as well. Admission to the children's '%aunt- ed house" on Halloween was a canned-food item. Donations were given to the House of Bread and Peace. T-shirts were sold for "Street Relief," which benefits the homeless in the tri-state area. Messages Holocaust remembrance service May 4 the Community of Churches, the over 150 articles on spirituality, Interfaith Commission and Mus- ministry and theology. His lim community members, teaching areas include Jewish- Benedictine Father Matthias Christian studies and interfaith Neuman from St. Meinrad Arch- theology. The general public is being invited to a "Day of Rembem- brance of the Holocaust" Ser- vice, at St. Mary Church, Evans- ville, Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. The service is sponsored by the Jewish Community Council, the Catholic Diocese of Evansville, abbey will speak on "Christian Responses to the Holocaust." 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