Thursday, February 28, 2008

OTU #72 - Leap of Faith February: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging

We wrap up Leap of Faith February this week with an interview with Kristin Littrell of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.

Located in Kansas City, this organization seeks to implement in practical ways, the Church's teaching on social justice. With a mission to walk with the poor and marginalized throughout the world, CFCA's worldwide community now includes more than 310,000 sponsored children, youth and aging friends in 25 countries.

CFCA also has a new youth movement, called "Walk with the Poor," dedicated to helping students in developing countries finish their education with the help and support of students and young adults in the U.S. Their website contains a wealth of information and profiles of actual students being assisted by this movement. Be sure and check out the link below.

Visit CFCA's websites and learn more about their important work for those in need!

The gang also talks about current campus activities, such as the campus-wide Service Day, sponsored by the TU Student Association, and Newman's upcoming "polar bear" plunge.

OntheU's 75th episode is almost here! It should come during Easter Week. In celebration, we're going to have a special contest for our listeners. Any listener who leaves audio feedback for us between now and Easter will be entered in a drawing for a special gift from Guatemala. We will be visiting there during Holy Week and the Mayan people are known for their wood carvings, painting style, and weavings. We'll be bringing back some things that we know you will like, so be sure to send us an .mp3 message or call our feedback line at 918-919-0456 to be entered into this drawing.

Music in this episode from
The Depths of a Year by Ehren Starks

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

OTU #71 - Leap of Faith February: Catholic Charities

Leap of Faith February continues with Part 3 of this month's theme of sharing with our listeners information about individuals and organizations that are serving the needs of the poor.

In this episode, Lisa Hendey of the Catholic Moments Podcast and speaks with Steve about her support of Catholic Charities. Most dioceses in the US have a Catholic Charities organization that works for the individual needs of the people in their diocese. Lisa and Steve share a little bit about the organizations in Tulsa and Fresno. Catholic Charities is great way to get involved in your local community. To learn more, check out the following links:

Catholic Charities - Fresno, CA
Catholic Charities - Tulsa, OK
Catholic Charities USA

You are highly encouraged to check out Lisa's website and podcast at: (also at

The students here at the University of Tulsa were saddened to learn about the death of a freshman student last weekend, from an apparent drug overdose. We plan to dedicate an episode to this issue in the future, but the students do discuss their immediate reactions and how the campus is dealing with it.

On a lighter note, we wrap up this episode with a lively discussion of how to choose movies to watch, especially among a group of students. How do you choose movies when there are diverse tastes? Action movies? Chick-flicks? Rom-Coms?

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Friday, February 15, 2008

OTU #70 - Leap of Faith February: LaSallian Volunteers and Tulsa's Day Center for the Homeless

Leap of Faith February: 2nd in a series!

This week, we're talking about an upcoming trip to serve dinner at Tulsa's Day Center for the Homeless. The Tulsa Day Center exists to offer people a safe haven, resources for self-sufficiency and opportunities to acquire new skills. People who are able to meet their immediate and urgent needs can then collect their inner resources and make positive life changes for themselves and their children. You can learn more about this important organization by going to

Zac Ufnar, a LaSallian Volunteer at Tulsa's San Miguel School, drops by to talk about the struggles and rewards of being a first year volunteer teacher at a school for "at risk" middle school students. He speaks honestly about their efforts to build a supportive community around their academic environment. Learn more about the LaSallian Volunteers work in faith, service and community at

Is there an organization that you're passionate about? One that serves the poor or educates others about the needs of the poor? Let us know! We're looking for more organizations to highlight during our "Leap of Faith February" episodes.

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Friday, February 08, 2008

OTU #69 - Leap of Faith February: Preparing for Mission Trips

It's "Leap of Faith February" at OntheU! We're dedicating each of this month's episodes to information about ways people and organizations are educating themselves and trying to address the needs of the world's poor.

In this episode, we have a Skype interview with Erin O'Neill, a student at Notre Dame University, who recently spent a month in Senegal. She gives her advice on preparing for mission work and making those experiences a part of your life.

Here's the text of a prayer by +Archbishop Oscar Romero that Erin mentioned:

"Prophets of a Future Not Our Own"
It helps, now and then, to step backand take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that. This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well. It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

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