" And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? "
Through Immersion, SPSV students follow the example of Jesus who reached out to the poor and marginalized and became one with them. Immersion fosters enthusiasm and dedication to the well-being of others. Social justice becomes not only an academic discipline but an opportunity to stand in solidarity with those most unappreciated and under-represented in society.
Focusing on simplicity, community, spirituality and social justice principles, Immersion expresses the reality that to believe one must love.
New Mexico Immersion Trip 2015
Ten SPSV community members (seven students, one alum, and two faculty) journeyed to northwest New Mexico over Easter Break (April 6 - 11, 2015) to live and work with the Navajo or the Dine (The People). The issues facing the Dine include water scarcity, the extraction of natural gas, oil and uranium, poverty, health, and education. SPSV participants will assist with farming that is maintained according to permaculture philosophy. All farming practices work with nature rather than trying to control nature; sustainability is the focus of permaculture philosophy. SPSV immersion trip participants learned the ways of the Dine from Larry Emerson, who runs the farm, as well as from meetings with local elders who will inform SPSV members of Navajo and State policy. Immersion trip participants also met with high school and college students on the reservation and stayed in tents and hogans, cooking simple meals, and learning Navajo culture and spiritual traditions.