Each year a group of 15 -16 students and 2 advisors travel to Guatemala for a mission trip. The trip has a three-fold focus: to learn more about how God is at work in the world, to be in solidarity with the people of Guatemala, and to challenge each participant to deepen his/her faith. Students prepare for the trip with a 3 credit hour, semester-long course that focuses on the religious history, the socio-economic conditions, and the history and culture of Guatemala as well as helping the group become a true caring community. During the 10-day trip, the mission team participates in a work project defined by our Guatemala partners, visits social justice groups at work in Guatemala, worships with local church congregations, and learns more about life in Guatemala. The trip is centered on developing an intercultural understanding and on strengthening our faith.
Keep on the look out for an interest meeting for the next Guatemala trip! We typically have the interest meeting in mid-September.
During the months of January through March, Queens opens its doors to neighbors from the Urban Ministry Center. These neighbors are homeless individuals from the Charlotte community who have nowhere to stay during the cold nights of winter. Every Tuesday, the faculty lodge/new Phi Kappa Sigma house becomes a cozy home for the night for six guests. Different clubs and organizations all over campus join together to help set up the lodge, prepare a warm, delicious meal, spend time with our guests, and then cook up a yummy breakfast before taking our guests back to the Transit Center. It is a campus-wide effort that embodies our motto, "Not to be served, but to serve."
If you are interested in getting involved with the leadership team, contact Alice O'Toole.