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Programs at Davis Methodist Focus on Immigration

Faith-courage-communityDavis United Methodist Church is offering three programs on immigration on three Sunday mornings, May 5, 12, and June 2, from 9:45 to 10:50 at the church, which is located at 1620 Anderson Road in Davis. 

May 5.  “Resilience on the Border: Stories of Faith, Courage and Community,” with Emily Henderson.  Emily recently traveled with a delegation from Davis Community Church to Douglas, Arizona/Agua Prieto, Sonora and met a constellation of individuals and groups working to support refugees in this border community.  Upon returning, the group created a reader’s theatre piece to share the stories they heard.  Come read aloud (or listen) to these stories and reflections.  Emily Henderson grew up in Davis, CA.  For the last 10 years, Emily has served as the Artistic Director for Acme Theatre Company – a youth-led theatre organization that develops artistic excellence, youth leadership, and an ethos of social justice. 

  May 12.   “A Brief But Powerful Journey,” with Kary Shender.  This winter Kary Shender participated in an interfaith visit to the San Diego/Tijuana border to witness U.S. immigration policy in action.  Kary observed, silently protested, attempted to interact with asylum seekers “on the other side,” and eventually was arrested.  She will describe her personal experience at the border and how it has informed her current thoughts and actions. Kary is a member of both the Methodist Church and the Friends Meeting in Davis and is on the board of Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network.  She has worked with immigrants and immigration issues for over 30 years.

June 2.  “The Root Causes of Immigration to the U.S.,” with Gala King and Ann Pratt.  Gala and Ann participated in an interfaith delegation to Honduras to learn why people are fleeing that country and attempting to enter the U.S. as asylum seekers.  They met with families of emigrants, staff of nonprofits working in Honduras, government officials, and others, and they conducted site visits to villages with high rates of out-migration.  They will report on what they learned there.  Gala is Social Justice Program Developer at Buena Vista UMC in Alameda.  Ann, a Racine Dominican sister, writes freelance articles on social justice issues in Fair Oaks, CA. 

Davis United Methodist Church is a reconciling and an inclusive community of faith open and affirming to the LGBTQIA community.  Church services are Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00.  For more information, visit www.davisumc.org or contact the church office at davisumc@davisumc.org or 530-756-2170.

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