First Congregational Church  

624 Bay Road

South Hamilton, MA 01982

8:30 AM    Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00 AM    Welcome

9:15 AM    Where’s God in this?

A brief overview of the plight of refugees across the Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu worlds and observations about global disruption and the growth of the church.

10:00 AM The Refugee’s Trek: A Guide to their Status

What’s the difference between refugees, IDPs, and asylum seekers? What’s the typical “plot line” for a refugee? How does that impact their sense of identity?

10:40 AM Break

10:50 AM When No Place is Home

What challenges do refugees and immigrants face? How can we help? A cross-cultural social worker shares insights drawn from her own story and those of her clients

11:30 AM Beyond Words

Why is communication so hard? A primer on how communication works across cultures and why what you think you’re communicating may not be what’s coming across

12:30 PM Lunch and Networking

1:15 PM    Panel Discussion: The Challenges of Serving

Power dynamics, the ethics of evangelism, compassion fatigue and other topics

2:00 PM  Short and Long-term Opps Serving Refugees

Jamie Burt, OnTrack Coordinator, Interserve USA