June 17, 2016
As people in Omaha and around the world continue mourning the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, we are reminded of our obligation as a Catholic, Jesuit university to work together toward greater cultural understanding.
Indeed, our mission statement informs us: “The inalienable worth of each individual and appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity are core values at Creighton.”
Similar to last November when the issues of inclusiveness and diversity were in the spotlight following events at the University of Missouri-Columbia, we are once again engaged in a national dialogue regarding hatred and discrimination directed toward a segment of society.
Creighton University stands firmly against racism, sexism, and hatred in all its forms. This is a place for dialogue, understanding, and acceptance.
To demonstrate our support of the LGBT community, and to remember the victims of the Orlando tragedy, there will be a silent circle of solidarity in front of St. John’s Church on Tuesday, June 21, from 11:45 a.m. to noon. All are invited to participate in the circle and the noon Mass that will follow.
Creighton is a campus that embraces its sense of community, and working for greater understanding is a priority woven deep into our fabric, as we uphold the sanctity of each human being as a profound gift of God.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ