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VIA Hosts ‘Welcoming the Stranger, Our Neighbor: Introduction to New Sanctuary Movement’ on April 15

Vermont Interfaith Action Hosts ‘Welcoming the Stranger, Our Neighbor: Introduction to New Sanctuary Movement’ on April 15

Headlines of fathers and mothers, scientists and school teachers, dairy farm workers and political activists being taken from families and their communities flood our news feeds. In the midst of these, occasionally we see reference to some finding sanctuary in a church. Many of us are moved with compassion to do something to help these strangers, our neighbors. But we may lack the understanding to know exactly what to do. And even if we have an idea, we may not have the resources to accomplish this task alone.

If this is where you and/or your congregation find yourself, then this summit is for you! Join us at Holy Family Parish Center in Essex Junction (4 Prospect St.) on Sunday, April 15th from 1:00-5:00 PM. 

Our time will begin with Pastor Vicki Kemper from First Congregational Church, Amherst MA sharing her congregation’s experience of providing sanctuary. We will follow this with Q&A time with local immigration lawyers (Jay Diaz, Erin Jacobsen and Michele Jenness). Concurrent workshops about Building a Rapid Response Network (Migrant Justice and Vermont Interfaith Action) and Policy & Advocacy in 2018 (Migrant Justice and America Friends Society) will conclude our time followed by a chance to network with other people of faith.

Be on the look out for more registration information to come. In the meantime, any questions can be directed to Melissa Battah by email at melissa@viavt.org.

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