Service & Faith LC
In 2014-2015, the Service and Faith Learning Community will be home to around 30 first-year students who are passionate about exploring the integration of faith and justice through service. By engaging in the community surrounding their new home at Loyola and in the city of Chicago, students will deepen their understanding of service as a foundation for exploring, articulating and living their own beliefs and values. Inspired by Jesuit tradition, members of the Service and Faith LC will strive to become “persons for others” through both their intellectual inquiry and engagement in their community.
Students in the Service and Faith LC will live together in one of our 5 first-year residence halls.
Activities and Programs
Students participating in the Service and Faith LC will have the opportunity to shape their own experience while building a tradition here at Loyola. At least four times a semester, the community will gather for large-group discussions or immersion experiences both on and off campus. Examples from the 2013-2014 community include:
- Serving at the St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen
- Attending the Hunger Week Social Class Dinner
- Taking a neighborhood tour
- Visiting the National Museum of Mexican Art
The activities will allow the students to experience Chicago’s diverse populations and needs through service in the greater Chicago community. Learning Community programs and discussions are designed to help students:
- Develop an understanding of the connections between Jesuit tradition and service
- Explore the importance of service in their own faith tradition
- Acquire an appreciation of service as a common value across multiple faith traditions
- Engage in reflection and social analysis
Students will also take advantage of fun community activities such as weekend brunches, trips to the beach, and reflective immersions off-campus.
In fall 2014students in the Service and Faith Learning Community will take UNIV 101 together, and each student will choose one of the following two courses:
PHIL 130 Philosophy and Persons OR
THEO 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
PHIL 130 introduces students to the fundamental philosophical issues that bear on our understanding of persons in three equally weighted components, namely, Persons & Knowledge, Persons & Values, and Persons & Reality. Special attention will be placed on how answers to these questions influence religious outlooks. The instructor is the Director Jesuit First Studies Program and Academic Dean at St. Joseph College Seminary. Core Philosophical Knowledge Tier I.
THEO 100 will focus on the role of autobiography in the formation of one's faith life. Through the study of autobiographical faith narratives and the construction of our own faith stories, we will pursue the interwoven nature of faith and life in our most basic theological expressions. Texts will include Augustine’s Confessions, and Teresa of Avila’s Life, as well as the more recent The Genesee Diary by Henri Nouwen and Dorothy Day’s The Long Loneliness. Core Theological and Religious Studies Tier I.
In Spring 2015 students will take a course that incorporates community service and reflection.