Live Simply So That Others May Simply Live

By Jacob Cunningham, Coordinator of VIA and VISION

I wanted to welcome you all back to the new semester and a beautiful fall.  As many of you know this year Campus Ministry is focusing on the Pillar of Social Justice.  As the Coordinator of the VISION program I work with a team of 12 student leaders who will be leading trips this coming January to India, Jamaica, Ecuador, California, Venezuela and Guatemala.  On these trips we will have the amazing opportunity to be hosted by groups working to make positive social change in their communities.  We will be given the opportunity to work beside them in response to Jesus’ gospel call of service.  VISION is one of Campus Ministry’s ways of living out this pillar of Social Justice

VISION’s focus comes from the six components of Service, Spirituality, Justice Issues, Community, Cultural exchange and Simplicity. On trips, the VISION teams will explore each of these components both individually and as a group. As our leadership team prepares themselves for these trips, we are focusing on a component each month.  Exploring what it means to live intentionally.  This month the VISION team has taken on the component of Simplicity.  In the words of Henry David Thoreau

 I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I wanted to live deep and suck all the marrow of life....


We at VISION invite you to explore with us the comp0onent of Simplicity

– Things you can do ….

Walk, bike or take the bus instead of driving

Pray in Silence

Cook instead of eating out

Buy local products

Buy less

Go for a day without TV . . . or a week

Turn off your cell phone

Read a book you love

Reflect on what you’re really thankful for

Brew your own coffee or tea instead of buying it

Bring a travel mug or water bottle with you for your daily beverage consumption

Go through your closet and donate the things you haven’t worn in the last six months

Cut out one unnecessary obligation in your day

Walk slowly

Write a letter to your mom

Read the Gospels