Community service is strongly rooted in virtually all religious traditions. At St. Francis College, students learn to see the connection between service and Christianity in a variety of ways. Service-learning courses and research are peppered throughout the religious studies department. In Religion as Community Activism, students study and research the connection between values and action as they serve disabled children and adults at a nearby center. In Human Sexuality and Christian Marriage, students study issues of culture, ethnicity, and gender while serving at the local women s shelter or Take Back the Night program. All of this begins with a required course on Faith and Franciscanism, in which every first-year student learns about the religious ideals of Franciscanism while engaging in ten hours of service in the community.  

From Service Matters 1998: Engaging Higher Education In the Renewal of America s Communities and American Democracy