A Day of Learning is a Day of Service

Plunges are day long immersion experiences raising awareness of a social justice issue and making learning a form of service. Plungers visit places where social injustices are seen clearly and talk to people affected by them. Although participants may see injustice that can lead to hopelessness and apathy, they also are shown opportunities to live out one’s Christian faith through service and advocacy.

River Plunge - September 26, 2015

Kayaking on the Great Miami RiverGet out on the water, kayak, and experience the restorative powers of nature for the mind, body, and soul. See how water sustains our personal well being as well as our whole watershed. Learn how the Dayton community is impacted socially, environmentally and economically by our local rivers.

This Plunge is a partnership between Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern and the Rivers Institute.

"By its very nature water cannot be treated as just another commodity among many, and it must be used rationally and in solidarity with others... The right to water, as all human rights, finds its basis in human dignity and not in any kind of merely quantitative assessment that considers water as a merely economic good. Without water, life is threatened. Therefore, the right to safe drinking water is a universal and inalienable right." (Catechism of the Catholic Church par. 485)


Cost: $15

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Urban Farming/Local Food Plunge - October 17, 2015

farm work

This plunge will dive into the growing local food movement in Dayton. Participants will look at the benefits and challenges to growing local food through visits to a few urban farms, gardens, markets and discussions with the farmers themselves. Plungers will also get their hands dirty by helping out with needed tasks. Meals on this plunge will include the fruits of local labors. Discussion and reflection on food justice, distribution, and the environmental impact of growing and shipping food will provide plungers with a starting point to act toward a more just system and to re-evaluate their own food choices.

"...the ecological crisis cannot be viewed in isolation from other related questions, since it is closely linked to the notion of development itself and our understanding of man in his relationship to others and to the rest of creation. Prudence would thus dictate a profound, long-term review of our model of development, one which would take into consideration the meaning of the economy and its goals with an eye to correcting its malfunctions and misapplications. The ecological health of the planet calls for this, but it is also demanded by the cultural and moral crisis of humanity whose symptoms have for some time been evident in every part of the world. Humanity needs a profound cultural renewal; it needs to rediscover those values which can serve as the solid basis for building a brighter future for all. Our present crises – be they economic, food-related, environmental or social – are ultimately also moral crises, and all of them are interrelated. They require us to rethink the path which we are traveling together. Specifically, they call for a lifestyle marked by sobriety and solidarity, with new rules and forms of engagement, one which focuses confidently and courageously on strategies that actually work, while decisively rejecting those that have failed. Only in this way can the current crisis become an opportunity for discernment and new strategic planning." (Pope Benedict XVI--World Day of Peace Message--January 1, 2010)

Cost: $15

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Martin Luther King Social Justice Plunge - January 23, 2016

Students serving on the MLK Plunge

The MLK Plunge is an opportunity to serve in our community, dialogue about race relations in Dayton and explore how to advance justice in the spirit of Dr. King. Participants will participate in service projects in the city, meaningful conversations and a meal that will be provided.

Cost: $15 (Scholarships available)

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Criminal Justice Plunge - March 19, 2016

Description coming soon.

Cost $15. Register below.

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Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall 107 
300 College Park Ave. 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408