Northwestern to host Day of Learning

Northwestern College will celebrate its sixth Day of Learning in Community (DLC), themed “Jesus and Justice: How Does the Good News Heal Our Broken World?” on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Community members are invited to attend all the events, which are free.

Keynote speaker for the DLC is the Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, an ordained Lutheran pastor and author of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World.”

Salvatierra has led social justice efforts among immigrants and low-wage workers, homeless people, gang members, and poor women in the Philippines. She has received numerous awards, including the Amos Award from Sojourners. Salvatierra will speak at 9 a.m. in Christ Chapel and again at 2:30 p.m. in the Rowenhorst Student Center gym.

Event attendees will also have two opportunities—at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.—to choose from among more than 30 presentations offered by campus and community members.

Topics include economic injustice, oppression of women, discrimination within the U.S. penal system, lessons from Nelson Mandela, and truths from Jesus’ parables.

Session speakers from the community include Pastor Gianni Garcia from Amistad Cristiana church, speaking on immigration, and Holly Stewart, volunteer coordinator at The Bridge, speaking on local poverty.

Northwestern classes and regular activities will be canceled on Feb. 12 so faculty, staff and students can participate in DLC events. For details about the 2014 Day of Learning in Community, visit