Service & Faith LC
In 2015–2016, 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 2015 students in the Service and Faith Learning Community will take UNIV 101 together, as well as THEO 100: Introduction to Christian Theology.
THEO 100 is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theological tradition. Students will understand how Christian theology interprets the human situation from the perspective of faith, various challenges to theology in the contemporary world, and will focus on one or more current theological issues. The class will also visit the worship and service activities of a range of local congregations. Core Theological and Religious Studies Tier I. Dr. Hans Svebakken, MWF 10:25–11:15; Sect 9 Class 5389.