North Park Students Address Issues of Compassion, Mercy, and Justice at MUD Event

Members of the North Park worship team

YELM, WA (February 5, 2008) - Members of North Park University's multi-ethnic worship team offered an image of unity as well as their music for nearly 270 teenagers who immersed themselves in issues of compassion, mercy, and justice at the MUD (Making United Disciples) event held at Cascades Camp and Conference Center over the Martin Luther King weekend, January 18-21.

North Park Worship Arts Coordinator Steve Kelly accompanied the team, which also discussed compassion, mercy, and justice issues with the students, who came from Washington and Oregon to the Evangelical Covenant Church camp.

"The North Park students did a phenomenal job leading worship and connecting with the high-school students," said Carolyn Potorek C'99 S'2005, pastor to high school and college students at Trinity Covenant Church in Salem, Ore., and one of the organizers.

"A major reason for the success of this retreat was due in part to the fact that so many people came together and saw the vision of what it means to be the body of Christ, uniting and supporting what God's doing in the lives of the students in our churches," added Poterek.

Workshops included "Show me the Money", focusing on economics and poverty; "Eyes Wide Open", addressing issues such as Darfur, HIV/AIDS, and child labor; "Who Cares?!", about apathy; "Racial Healing: You are the problem"; and "It Ain't Easy Being Green", highlighting creation care.

The band Noon Day Sun performed a concert, and Joe Ottley of Crossroads Community Covenant Church in Yelm was the keynote speaker.