Justice JourneysThrough Concordia’s Justice Journeys, students explore social justice issues in national and international cultural settings. The goal is to experience and understand the lives, gifts, challenges and faith of the people with whom they visit. Justice Journeys travel experiences are during fall and spring breaks.
Justice Journeys aim to build a community with new people and within the group of students and staff. Students explore how the people they meet while on the journey feel God calls them to serve. They begin by listening rather than risk imposing ideas of what might help. After some serious listening and learning, they come to understand the people better, build trust for each other and then conduct a service project. Once they return home, students and staff examine their own lives from a new perspective and share their experiences with others.
The Campus Pastors’ office first developed this program in 1985 and since then dozens of trips have been made to places like Seattle, Jamaica, New York City, Chicago, Santa Fe, N.M., Belcourt and Standing Rock, N.D. and Pine Ridge, S.D. Students have also traveled to international sites like Jamaica, Guatemala and Mexico.
For example, on a trip to Washington, D.C., students explored the complex issue of homelessness. The group stayed in a church and focused on the causes and responses to homelessness. They served meals at a shelter and participated in legislative advocacy training.
On Justice Journey adventures faith grows, minds open and relationships strengthen as students spend a week in service to others. Students learn to influence the affairs of the world on campus and beyond.