The goal for this event is to broaden awareness of the needs of immigrants and the responsibility of Christians to strangers in a strange land. We will be having four different speakers who will address the following topics: “Why is there immigration?”, “What needs, barriers and obstacles do immigrants find when they come to the U.S.?”, “How do we meet these needs and what is our responsibility?”
This forum will be an opportunity to share in the success stories of ministries to immigrants in our Annual Conference as well as learn how we can live out the call that Christ places upon our lives as stated by scripture and the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church as contained in our book of Discipline. This event will primarily address the topic from the point of view of Hispanic ministries from within our conference. We will meet to have discussion, fellowship, food and worship.
• Amy Shelton will raise awareness of the U.S. economic policies that contribute to immigration.
• We'll hear personal stories by immigrants about conditions that caused them to come to Kentucky and the obstacles they face.
• We'll eat lunch prepared by Victor Buelrostro, a chef at Central Baptist Hospital and part-time pastor at Monte de la Trinidad UMC.
• We'll learn about the current bills being considered by Congress and brainstorm how people of faith might respond to these and the needs of immigrants.
• We will conclude with worship – Rev. Eliseo Mejia will preach on "Our Response," followed by Communion.
Please make every effort to attend the forum “Welcoming the Sojourner: A UM Faithful Response to Immigration.” May 13th, 10 AM-3 PM at Fuente De Esperanza, 1109 Versailles Road, Suite 150, Lexington, KY 40508. Registration for this event is $8 if you pre-register by April 20th and $10 if you register at the door. You may pre-register for this event by contacting Donna Aros at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 270-773-2669.