Faith, Food, and Fitness Conference Coming to North Park

CHICAGO, IL (December 17, 2007) - Christianity has an inherent interest in the human body. Scripture reminds us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139), that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that we are to glorify God in our body (I Corinthians 6: 19-20). Caring for one's body with honor and respect is part of Christian stewardship. Yet, the body is not experienced in isolation, and what one chooses to do, or not do, with one's body has implications for the bodies of others around the world. Choices in eating impact not only oneself but also influence farm workers around the world. Likewise, choices about physical activity affect others exemplified by the impact of the current obesity epidemic on our health care system.

Join us for a weekend conference for clergy, health professionals and lay leaders exploring the theme of Faith, Food, and Fitness and how congregations can develop meaningful ministries that promote individual and community health. Over the weekend of January 26, 2008, keynote presentations will address "Faith and Food," "Living Well" and "Faith and Fitness: An Inner Journey." Local congregations involved with ministries related to food and fitness will share their experience. Opportunities will be provided for networking, and resources will be shared. Whether your church is active in health ministries or interested in exploring the possibilities for promoting health, this conference is a great opportunity to connect with others interested in reclaiming the church's ministry of health and healing.

This conference is a collaborative effort between Covenant Ministries of Benevolence and North Park Theological Seminary's Center for Faith and Health with support from the Galter LifeCenter, Swedish Covenant Hospital, the Department of Christian Formation, and Covenant Retirement Communities. For more program information, contact Mary Chase-Ziolek at (773) 244-6201 or mchase-ziolek@northpark.edu Registration: $125.