Service and Social Justice
At Queens our service and social justice projects allow us live our motto "Not to be served, but to serve."
Guatemala Mission Trip
Each spring a group of students and faculty travel to Guatemala for a 10-day mission trip centered on inter-cultural understanding and strengthening our faith. Students prepare for the trip through a semester-long course that focuses on the religious history, socio-economic conditions, history and culture of Guatemala, as well as helping the group become a truly caring community. The students participate in a work project defined by our Guatemalan partners, visit social justice groups at work in Guatemala, worship with local congregations, and learn more about life in Guatemala.
Room at the Inn
From January through March, Queens opens its doors through The Room at the Inn program to homeless neighbors from the Urban Ministry Center. Different clubs and organizations from across campus join together to help set up the sleeping arrangements, prepare a hot meal, spend time with our guests, and then cook a hearty breakfast.
Social Justice Walk
In another project with Charlotte's Urban Ministry Center, the Chapel offers members of the Queens community an opportunity to "Walk in My Shoes." This program gives participants insight into what life is like for our homeless neighbors by experiencing life as they experience it - from the street level. After trying to walk in others' shows, out students reflect on the experience. What insights and questions were raised? They also consider how this experience can lead us to new commitments toward a community where all have a roof over their heads, enough food to eat, and meaningful work.
Urban Immersion Program
The Chapel has joined with Myers Park Presbyterian Church to offer their CROSS Program for entering first-year students. The CROSS week provides incoming freshmen who are interested in developing their spirituality through social justice and local service opportunities the chance to volunteer in eight local service organizations while living in an intentional, reflective, and simple community.