Plunges are day long immersion experiences raising awareness of a social justice issue and making learning a form of service. Plungers visit places where social injustices are seen clearly and talk to people affected by them. Although participants may see injustice that can lead to hopelessness and apathy, they also are shown opportunities to live out one’s Christian faith through service and advocacy.
River Plunge - September 27, 2014
Get out on the water, kayak, and experience the restorative powers of nature for the mind, body, and soul. See how water sustains our personal well being as well as our whole watershed. Learn how the Dayton community is impacted socially, environmentally and economically by our local rivers.
This Plunge is a partnership between Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern and the Rivers Institute.
"By its very nature water cannot be treated as just another commodity among many, and it must be used rationally and in solidarity with others... The right to water, as all human rights, finds its basis in human dignity and not in any kind of merely quantitative assessment that considers water as a merely economic good. Without water, life is threatened. Therefore, the right to safe drinking water is a universal and inalienable right." (Catechism of the Catholic Church par. 485)
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Urban Farming/Local Food Plunge - October 18, 2014
This plunge will dive into the growing local food movement in Dayton. Participants will look at the benefits and challenges to growing local food through visits to a few urban farms, gardens, markets and discussions with the farmers themselves. Plungers will also get their hands dirty by helping out with needed tasks. Meals on this plunge will include the fruits of local labors. Discussion and reflection on food justice, distribution, and the environmental impact of growing and shipping food will provide plungers with a starting point to act toward a more just system and to re-evaluate their own food choices.
"...the ecological crisis cannot be viewed in isolation from other related questions, since it is closely linked to the notion of development itself and our understanding of man in his relationship to others and to the rest of creation. Prudence would thus dictate a profound, long-term review of our model of development, one which would take into consideration the meaning of the economy and its goals with an eye to correcting its malfunctions and misapplications. The ecological health of the planet calls for this, but it is also demanded by the cultural and moral crisis of humanity whose symptoms have for some time been evident in every part of the world. Humanity needs a profound cultural renewal; it needs to rediscover those values which can serve as the solid basis for building a brighter future for all. Our present crises – be they economic, food-related, environmental or social – are ultimately also moral crises, and all of them are interrelated. They require us to rethink the path which we are traveling together. Specifically, they call for a lifestyle marked by sobriety and solidarity, with new rules and forms of engagement, one which focuses confidently and courageously on strategies that actually work, while decisively rejecting those that have failed. Only in this way can the current crisis become an opportunity for discernment and new strategic planning." (Pope Benedict XVI--World Day of Peace Message--January 1, 2010)
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Martin Luther King Social Justice Plunge - January 24, 2015
The MLK Plunge will explore the history and current state of racial and economic segregation in Dayton. We will also learn about the nationally recognized “Welcome Dayton” initiative to become an immigrant-friendly city. Participants will visit various locations in Dayton and meet with community members to gain insight into the present and how to advance justice in the spirit of Dr. King in the future.
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Immigration Plunge - March 21, 2015
In a pastoral letter written by Catholic bishops from Mexico and the United States entitled “Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope,” the bishops recognize that the current immigration system in the United States is flawed and in need of change. According to scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, immigrants deserve fair and humane treatment. There are currently many proposals for immigration reform in Congress that have not yet been passed, such as the DREAM Act.
Come on the Immigration Plunge to learn more from people who have experienced first-hand what it is like to be an immigrant in the US or what it is like to deal with the current US immigration system. Watch the startling documentary entitled, “Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary,” by Mexican filmmaker Arturo Perez Torres. Visit with Sr. Maria and the Dayton Hispanic Ministry. Learn what YOU can do in the effort to create a more just, humane and comprehensive immigration legislation.
“Every human being has the right to freedom of movement and of residence within the confines of his own country. When there are just reasons in favor of it, he must be permitted to migrate to other countries and to take up residence there. The fact that he is a citizen of a particular state does not deprive him of membership to the human family, nor of citizenship in the universal society, the common, world-wide fellowship of men.” (Pope John Paul II in an address to the New World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Immigrants, 1985).
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