Cornel West, Jim Wallis Highlight North Park Justice Summit and Chicago Reload

Cornel West and Jim Wallis
Cornel West (top) and Jim Wallis are two of the speakers at the March 23-24 North Park Justice Summit and Chicago Reload event at North Park University.

Early registration rates end February 29, regular registration begins March 1

CHICAGO (February 24, 2012) – Prominent speakers such as Dr. Cornel West and the Rev. Jim Wallis, a variety of workshops, and networking are featured components of a significant North Park University event next month for people who want to learn more about justice ministry from a Christian perspective.

The North Park Justice Summit and Chicago Reload event is March 23-24 at the University's north Chicago campus. Early registration for the event is available through February 29, including reduced registration costs. Regular registration rates become effective March 1 through the close of online registration on March 21.

West and Wallis will speak to the conference March 23. West is a Princeton (N.J.) University professor, commentator, civil rights activist, and author of Race Matters and other books. Wallis is president and chief executive officer of Sojourners, Washington, D.C., commentator, and author of God's Politics and other books.

Commenting on social justice, West once wrote, "The country is in deep trouble. We've forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that's the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.”

Justice matters to a young generation of Christians, Wallis said. "North Park University and its students are leading the way in producing an expression of faith that is not just focused on the hereafter but the here and now. Young Christians are growing up in a globalized world and care deeply about issues such as poverty, human trafficking, and the environment. The North Park Justice Summit shows the change that is happening on a campus in Chicago but it also points to the dramatic shift for young Christians across the country," he said.

Other speakers will address justice, compassion, and mercy from varied perspectives and contexts. They are:

At least 20 workshop sessions have been confirmed for the event, and are organized into four tracks. Among the workshop presenters is Dr. R. Dandridge Collins, Pastoral Counseling Network, Philadelphia, and an ordained pastor. His book, The Trauma Zone: Trusting God for Emotional Healing, is a New York Times bestseller. Another is Dr. Daniel White Hodge, recently named director of the University's Center for Youth Ministry Studies.

The two-day event combines Chicago Reload, an annual event for urban youth workers hosted by the University, with a new Justice Summit to expand the audience and dig deeper into the subject of justice, focusing on systemic issues and policies.

Justice Summit and Chicago Reload sponsors are three University entities: University Ministries, Campus Theme Committee, and the Center for Youth Ministry Studies. North Park University is affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church.

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