Jubilee 2017 Ecumenical Spring Break Mission Trip
Dates: Saturday March 11- Sunday March 19
Location: New Orleans
Cost: The actual cost, per person of the weeklong mission trip is over $550 per person. However, thanks to a generous grant from the Ecumenical Campus Ministry Fund, the cost of the trip that each student will pay is $0. You read that correctly…it’s $0. There is a $100 deposit to reserve each student’s spot on the trip, and students will have the option to either a) have their deposit fully refunded at the end of the trip, or b) have their $100 deposit go to support other students. For every 5 students who elect to have their deposit support others, we’ll be able to take an additional student on the trip for free.
Overview: Thanks to a generous grant from the Ecumenical Campus Ministry Fund, students from Jubilee United Methodist campus ministry, UKIRK Presbyterian campus ministry, and Lutheran Campus Ministry will be partnering in a joint Ecumenical Spring Break Mission Trip to aid, dialogue, and learn from communities of poverty in Louisiana.
The trip is designed and focused around two key areas of exposure and growth for the college students attending: an immersive and relational multicultural experience with communities of poverty, and an educational component focusing on a broad understanding of systems of poverty in America, as well as various theological/spiritual models for understanding, critique, and engagement.
The Ecumenical Spring Break Mission Trip is partnering with Kaleo Missions, a non-denominational organization that focuses on creating holistic and relational short-term missions trips in cities across the country, and are run by local community leaders and Christian activists who use their years of local community partnerships and development work to help short term missions teams partner with effective local organizations.
What Will Students Be Doing?: While the work that students will do greatly varies at Kaleo, they are focused around creating opportunities for dialogue and relationship with individuals/communities of poverty (with a primary focus in New Orleans on homelessness and drug rehabilitation centers), and on providing opportunities for students to experience local worship in a multicultural setting. Students will stay at Vieux Carre Baptist Church within the French Quarter. A church that also serves as a ministry center for the local homeless population, providing students with the opportunity to dialogue with and learn from the local homeless population, whose unique perspectives on poverty and faith are invaluable for students, who will witness firsthand how issues of race and class in the French Quarter effect the lives of those living on the margins.
Prior to leaving for Bloomington, there will be two Pre-trip learning sessions on February 22nd and March 8th at 6:30pm. The goal of these sessions will be to help students acquire a broad knowledge of systems/histories of poverty in America, gain an awareness of contemporary criticisms of the paternalistic, imperialistic, and self-aggrandizing tendencies of Short-term mission trips, and ultimately, give students alternative theological frameworks that celebrate and honor the wisdom and sacred worth of individuals/communities of poverty that students will be in relationship with, while recognizing poverty in America as both a justice issue, and a theological issue.
How do I sign up?: Complete this Sign-Up form, and send a $100 check to First United Methodist Church with Spring Break Trip and the student’s name in the memo line.
Questions?: Contact Josh Tucker – email@example.com