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Conference Immigration Summit

Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

In 2017, Bishop Sharma Lewis formed the Virginia Conference Committee on Immigration Outreach to help the conference communicate the Gospel as it relates to immigrants and refugees.  The committee also seeks to help the conference understand issues related to immigrants and refugees, and how to advocate for them.  In partnership with the General Board of Church and Society, Just Neighbors, and the Southeastern Jurisdiction Hispanic Caucus, the committee is sponsoring an Immigration Summit in the Richmond area to educate and empower those who want to be in ministry to immigrants and refugees.  The planned agenda is as follows:
10 – 10:30 Worship – What does the Bible say?  What does the UMC say? 
10:30 – 11:30 Immigration Process – How immigration works.  How people legally immigrate.  Problems and struggles with the process.
11:30 – 12:30 Current Events – Executive orders, increased deportation, travel bans etc.  What is happening at State level?  Overview on what the churches and other groups can do, and levels of sanctuary churches.
12:30 – 1Lunch break 
1 – 3 Breakout Sessions – 1 hour each
Know your rights
Advocacy
Rapid Response Teams
Different ways sanctuary can be provided
How do we have discussions in our churches with those of different points of view?
Attendance to the summit is free of charge, and a boxed lunch can be purchased at the time of registration. 

Cost: $10 if you wish to purchase a boxed lunch- salad or sandwich
Registration will close on May 13 at midnight unless it fills up before that date.
Click here to register

Click here for additional resources for those who want to be in ministry to immigrants and refugees.

Location: Ramsey Memorial UMC, 5900 Hull Street Rd, Richmond, VA 23224-2714
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