When God Ignites a Passion for Justice

In 2016, Casey Jordan was a student from Indiana entering her freshman year of college. That summer, she attended a trip with CSM that would radically change the course of her life. This is Casey's story.

Entering my first year of college, I decided that I was going to study Equine Management. At that point in my life, it was the only dream I'd ever had for my future. Writing this now, I am going into my 3rd year studying Pre-Law with the hope to become an attorney for civil rights. When I tell people this, I usually get a chuckle of disbelief that I made such a huge career change so quickly. I always say that Our God is a God who moves in mighty ways--and that my trip to Chicago with CSM is the avenue that He chose to sow the seed that would begin a journey that I never could have expected for my life.

I grew up in a small town in southern Indiana, inhabited by people who looked exactly like me. I thought racism was terrible and sad, but to be frank, I never witnessed it. Therefore, it rarely crossed my mind. Being surrounded by people who were exactly like me meant that I was fully submerged in my privilege and blissful ignorance.

From the moment I arrived to CSM Chicago on that fourth of July week in 2016, I experienced a true culture shock within my own country. That very first day of being in the city was a wake up call into what it was like to live as a minority in our country.

On that first day, we took a prayer tour around the city. We learned about systemic racism, poverty, and of the heartbreaking laws and prejudices in our country that lead to very real consequences. Finishing up the tour, we sat in silence and listened to White Privilege II by Macklemore, and in that moment, God began to ignite a passion in my heart.

The most beautiful and impactful part of my trip with CSM was the integration of experience and facts. I believe that the most valuable way to learn is through hands-on experience, and with CSM, we were quite literally the hands and feet every day. Whether at a Boys & Girls Club, or a cultural immersion exercise, we witnessed first-hand the hardships and discrimination that we had been learning about in the beginning of the trip.

In just 1 week, I learned more about our country, how our God loves, and myself than I ever imagined possible. CSM helped stir a passion for God’s people, equality, service, and the city of Chicago within me that I am eternally grateful for!

Casey Jordan CSM Chicago, 2016