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Dordt to hold Sept. 25 conference tackling immigration topics

September 20, 2010

A tough new Arizona law has made immigration front page news across the nation.

Interesting local and Christian perspectives will be added to the dialogue Saturday, Sept. 25, at a day-long conference being offered on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center.

“Immigration and Community: working towards a Biblical perspective,” will be held in Dordt’s B.J. Haan Auditorium from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30. The conference is open to anyone in the surrounding community that would like to attend, with only a $10 registration fee.

Pre-registration is encouraged.

Conference speakers include Dr. Scott Hoezee and Dr. Mariano Avila from Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, who will explore what the Bible says about immigration, diversity, and obedience to authority.

Hoezee is an ordained pastor and Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary, as well as the primary author of a Christian Reformed Church synod report that studied the migration of workers.

Avila is also an ordained pastor, who was born in México City and served as pastor of six churches there, as well as serving on translation teams for two Spanish Bible translations.

Current immigration realities in Iowa (and Northwest Iowa in particular) will be addressed by Dr. Michele Devlin and Dr. Mark Grey from The Iowa Center on Health Disparities at the University of Northern Iowa, which serves as a national model to other rural states challenged with addressing health disparities.

Pastor Gianni Gracia, minister at Amistad Cristiana in Sioux Center, will offer closing remarks.

“We see this conference as a place to begin and continue respectful dialogue as a community on this important and timely issue,” said Abby Foreman, Social Work Program Director and instructor at Dordt College.

This conference is possible thanks to support from Dordt College’s Andreas Center and was planned in partnership with area community members.

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