Footsteps and Festival for Love: Principia Involvement in CROP Hunger Walk and Psalms Festival


Slater Smith

On Sunday October 1, a group of Principia students, faculty and community members travelled to Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis for a walk and Psalms Festival dedicated to raising money to help mitigate the problem of worldwide hunger.
Dr. Barry Huff, a Professor of Religion at Principia College, originally intended to take to the event students in his Bible and Environment class; however, after extending an invitation to other members of the Principia community, the group–consisting of 40 students, faculty, and other Principians–turned out to be the largest at the event where they joined over a hundred other participants from various parts of St. Louis.
The chief purpose of the walk was to raise funds to help end hunger locally and globally. In addition to walking, participants also had the opportunity to donate money directly to the cause. As a collective group, the Principia community managed to raise an impressive $1,035 and had three times as many participants as any other group.
Dr. Huff was fundamental in getting the college involved in the event and ensuring its success. He mentioned how “the purpose of the St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk was to raise funds to help end hunger locally and globally, including for communities impacted by recent hurricanes.”
After the walk, participants convened inside Eden Theological Seminary for a Psalms festival. The gathering including people from all different religious backgrounds, all united together to sing and appreciate the Psalms. Tabitha Kemnitz of Principia expressed how her “favorite part was singing in the Psalms festival with people from other denominations.”
Although the group was diverse, the participants were able to leave their religious beliefs and opinions behind them and unite together for a night of appreciation and love for the Psalms. The festival consisted of readings, songs and poems with a common theme of the book of Psalms and it’s many religious interpretations.
The organizer of the event, Dr. Clint McCann, a renowned Psalms scholar and professor expressed his gratitude towards the Principia community participation, commending the group for being “polite, intelligent, committed and friendly.” The money raised by Principia and their participation in the event was inspiring to all those involved and was a true representation of community.
The Psalms Festival and Crop Hunger Walk were both efforts to unite the St. Louis population during a time when the city and the world at large are grieving and protesting systemic racism and social injustice. As Huff put it, “It was inspiring to see so many campus clubs and members of the community unite with our sisters and brothers in embrace of the St. Louis community.”
For anyone wishing to be involved in the message and purpose of the Psalms festival and Crop Hunger Walk, community members can still donate by googling CROP Hunger Walk and clicking on the donate option under the website heading.
On the college campus, there is also a multitude of opportunities to contribute to the cause. After the event, Huff urged community members to “participate in the many clubs, events, courses, CSO services, conferences and community service opportunities on campus” and to “pray, take a relevant course in the Sustainability minor or donate to a soup kitchen.”
In addition to helping on campus, the CROP Hunger Walk organization would still appreciate any donations to help achieve the goal of ending nearby and worldwide hunger.

Image courtesy of Laurencce Martins

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