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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 AM 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

 

LOCATION:

First Congregational Church  624 Bay Rd, South Hamilton, MA 01982