Published on November 19th, 2012 | by Joseph Preston0
University Ministry Initiates National Immersion Trip Program
Joseph Preston, Contributor
Photo by Angela Cotta: Habitat for Humanity is one of the options for Luminate participants.
At Lewis University, there are five distinctive values that guide the institution’s mission. One in particular, justice, is a main focus of the new volunteer trips called Luminate this upcoming semester.
Luminate, or Lewis University Ministry Alternative Trip Experiences, is a new ministry program of national immersion trips that will happen during spring break, May (the week after finals) and fall break next year.
“These trips are designed to provide students the opportunity to serve at different locations across the United States and connect their service experience to their faith,” said Sabrina Poulin, university minister and coordinator of national immersion trips. “The trips are all led by student leaders [and] incorporate the five points of Luminate, [which] are Service, Solidarity, Stewardship, Justice and Reflection.”
These five points guide the trips’ participants as well as the leaders in properly going out into the community to help others. One of the goals this year in ministry was to develop student leaders, and these trips were one way to incorporate students to lead trips as well as grow in their faith.
“We also wanted Lewis students to have more opportunities to go on national trips, but with a smaller group of students,” Poulin said. “The size of the groups will be anywhere from five to nine participants, which will allow students to work together and get to know each other better over the course of the week.”
The small size will give students the opportunity to go out into the community in a more intimate setting.
With trips being offered three times a year, students will have other opportunities to go on a trip during their four years here if their schedule doesn’t allow it a particular semester or year.