Agora to host panel discussion on immigration and the church

Our friends and partners at Agora Program are hosting a terrific event Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Luther Seminary focusing on how we might continue to honor and value our immigrant brothers and sisters.

All are welcome. 

With a New President: Our Immigrant Brothers and Sisters

Jan. 21, 2017
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Luther Seminary, Bockman Hall, Classroom 116
2375 Como Avenue, St. Paul MN 55108
agora class
“Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens. You must love them as yourself, because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 19:34).

In Agora, where we provide education for leaders of immigrant, ethnic-specific, and multicultural congregations, immigrants are brothers and sisters who sit in our classrooms, are in charge of some of the classes, and are part of our leadership. We are convinced that more than ever, we need to be united and to support each other in prayer and action. We invite you to reflect with us how we best can continue honoring and valuing our immigrant brothers and sisters.

We will start with devotions by Babette Chatman, Council Minister of Outreach and Evangelism at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Then we will listen to a panel composed of:
Ruben Vazquez, a new American who ran for a seat in the MN House of Representatives in the past election;

Colleen Beebe Purisaca, an immigration attorney and Immigrant Legal Services Manager of the Volunteer Lawyers Network; and

Joseph Roberts, the Agora treasurer, member of River of Life Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and leader in the Liberian community.

There will be ample opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

The presentations by the panelists and the following questions and answers will be consecutively translated into (and from) Spanish by Rev. Melissa Melnick.

At the end, Agora will host a lunch with delicacies from the different communities which are part of our “family.”

For more information please contact the Agora Luther Site Coordinator Andres Albertsen writing to agora.elca@gmail.com or calling to 651-401-5622