North Park University – Faith in Action

North Park University Graduate Degree ProgramsNorth Park University Community Members Join In “Circle of Protection” for Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs

On November 16, 2011, over 170 people from the North Park University community gathered at the North Park Friendship Center in Chicago, IL to pray for the continuance of federally funded nutrition programs for those in need. The circles aim to bring attention to the protection of people living in poverty, who may be the most adversely impacted by proposed Federal budget cuts to nutrition programs.

The North Park University “Human Circle of Protection” event was one of several nationwide, all of which were promoted by the Sojourners, a community of Christians dedicated to social justice through faith in action. Five flagship Circles were planned for Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 12 PM in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Orange County, and Portland.

Sojourners President and CEO Reverend Jim Wallis participated in the North Park University gathering, believed to be one of the largest circles nationwide.  Following the event, Rev. Wallis shared his thoughts with Covenant Media Services.

The North Park Friendship Center was established in 1970 by North Park Covenant Church and is now supported by five Chicago-area Evangelical Covenant Church congregations, as well as other groups and individuals.  The Friendship Center’s food pantry provides food, clothing, household goods and other services to those in need, and receives volunteer support and donations from North Park University students.

North Park Theological Seminary student and North Park Justice League leader, Stefan Fritz, participated in the Circle and spoke about his experiences with Covenant Media Services.

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Source: North Park University – North Park News