Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018: Message from the President
Creighton University exists for students and for learning, and our mission as a Catholic, Jesuit university guides us to reflect on transcendent values in an atmosphere of freedom of inquiry, belief, and religious worship.
As a university, Creighton is committed to its role as an academic institution that values freedom of expression and openness to diverse perspectives. This is true even when we are confronted with difficult issues, or we encounter conversation with people with whom we disagree.
Today, a speaker will visit our campus hosted by a registered student group that both organized and provided resources for the event. Allowing a student organization to bring the speaker to campus is not an endorsement of him or his message, but rather underscores the foundational importance of free expression and provides an opportunity to advance meaningful discourse.
In closing, I am mindful of good encouragement in recent writings of the Society of Jesus. Decree 1 of General Congregation 36 recognizes social and cultural problems of conflict, polarization, and acts of violence, and calls Jesuit institutions “to contribute from their religious-spiritual traditions towards the building of peace, on local and global levels.”
Places of Jesuit higher learning, in particular, “should help form men and women committed to reconciliation and able to confront obstacles to reconciliation and propose solutions.”
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ