the common good through social action and vocational discernment.
S.O.U.L. – Serving Others United in Love – is your opportunity to learn, serve, reflect and get to know new places and people!
Purpose of S.O.U.L.
There are two main purposes of S.O.U.L.:
- To provide as many students as possible the chance to serve others
- To enable the SMU community to connect with diverse communities throughout the nation and world while enriching the lives of those individuals
Four Cornerstones of S.O.U.L.
Each S.O.U.L. trip engages the spirits of all participants. Each day of a S.O.U.L. trip includes time for reflection, prayer and communication. S.O.U.L. invites each person to become aware of the presence of God within them.
S.O.U.L. trips attempt to build community in two ways. Community is built between all those on the S.O.U.L. trip who might not have known each other before the experience. Also, community is built between trip participants and people from the host site.
S.O.U.L. trips do not attempt to solve the world’s problems in a week, they simply provide students an opportunity to serve and equally as important, to become aware of social injustices. After participating in S.O.U.L. trips, many students feel they have received much more than they gave, though everyone involved benefits equally.
The challenges, experiences, and celebrations of a S.O.U.L. trip take the lessons learned in the classroom into the world’s needs. Through prayer, discernment and discussion, S.O.U.L. trips invite students to look at his or her purpose. Are we answering God’s call to serve others, if not, how might we transform or change?