Niebuhr Center for Engagement and Reflection

Programs

The Niebuhr Center at Elmhurst offers several programs designed to help you explore the links between passion and purpose, between the values you’ve chosen to embrace and the life for which you are preparing to pursue. Here’s an overview.

WAYFINDERS
Home cooked meal and a home grown conversation about the things that matter. We'll discuss questions such as: What is my story? What are my values? What does it mean to have a "calling"? Why is social justice important? Ideally, these meetings will include an unlikely group of students that cross disciplines, cultural/ethical backgrounds, and religious perspectives. 

Common Good Grants
Engage with a local organization through the development of a project that addresses a social issue about which you are passionate. Students can apply for funds up to $2,000. This is a competitive grant as only three are awarded per semester. Contact Rev. Emily for more information.

Social Justice Internship
One student each semester, under supervision of the director of the Niebuhr Center, will develop, plan, and carry out four service projects. This provides the student with an opportunity to explore organizations/social issues while providing engaging experiences for students. 

Local, National, Global Engagement
Each year we will offer three major social justice opportunities. In the fall, we will team up with a local church in Chicago to offer our time and energy to help their local community with whatever their needs might be. Each spring we will travel to an urban area (i.e. Detroit, Twin Cities, Indianapolis, etc.) to engage in an educational/service weekend trip. Each J-Term we will offer an experience to Jamaica that is rooted in giving back to a community with whom we have a longstanding relationship with. 

Public Lectures and Forums
Organized by our Program Coordinator, Professor Inam Haq, we host a variety of public lectures and forums throughout the year aimed at engaging the community in a variety of social issues. This fall we hosted a panel discussion about 'Islamophobia and the Presidential Election' and a dinner conversation with renowned scholar Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz about Rumi, the 13th century Sufi mystic and poet.

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