University Hosts 'Creating Peace on Chicago Streets' March 20

Creating peace on Chicago streets

Families affected by violence, University community to discuss ways to promote peace

CHICAGO (March 14, 2013) – Parents of teens who died as a result of violent acts in Chicago neighborhoods are expected to speak at "Creating Peace on Chicago Streets" March 20, at North Park University. The event is intended to engage attendees with ideas to promote peace and nonviolence in the community.

"This event is intended as a day of worship, prayer, discussion, and action for a culture of peace and nonviolence in our city," said Richard Kohng, coordinator of outreach ministries, North Park University Ministries. "We’re creating a place for dialogue on peace. There’s no question we must work together for peace for all citizens of Chicago.”

The day-long event will begin with regular worship at 10:30 a.m. in Anderson Chapel. A public forum in the University's Hamming Hall is planned for 3:30 p.m., followed by a neighborhood prayer vigil and walk at 6:00 p.m.

Rev. Corey B. Brooks, Sr., pastor of New Beginnings Church, Chicago, will speak at the University's regular chapel service. Brooks, known as the "rooftop pastor," was a featured speaker at the Student Leadership Diversity Conference at North Park in 2012. 

The afternoon forum will feature a conversation on ways to counteract violence in the city. Confirmed attendees are Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, mother of Hadiya Pendleton, killed in a Chicago shooting days after marching in President Obama's second inaugural parade; Ronald Holt, father of Blair Holt, killed when he shielded a friend from gunfire in 2007; and Pamela Hester Jones, mother of Lazarus Jones, murdered by strangers in 2007. Local elected officials, plus representatives of the Illinois Council Against Gun Violence and Stop Concealed Carry Coalition, are expected to participate. Susanna Song, a reporter for WBBM-TV, Chicago, will moderate the public discussion, to be webcast live.

After the forum, Dr. Mary Trujillo, professor of communication arts, and Radhika Sharma, a community activist, will lead a prayer walk through the Albany Park community. They plan to stop and pray for peace at spots in neighborhood where people have been killed by violence, as well as visit places of hope.

A concluding reception, with performances and an art exhibition, is planned for 7:00 p.m., in Hamming Hall.

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