Author: Carina Martin
Date: September 16, 2016
Categories: Community|Intercultural Studies

The sixth annual Faith and Justice Symposium, sponsored by Houghton College’s Center for Faith, Justice, and Global Engagement, will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and continue through Friday, Sept. 23. This year’s symposium, titled “Loving Our Neighbors: Immigration and Refugees,” will focus on the interaction between Christian theology and current issues such as refugee law and immigration reform.

The symposium features two keynote speakers: Jenny Yang, author and vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief, and Danny Carroll, theologian and Blanchard Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College.

Brian Webb, Houghton’s sustainability coordinator, notes that immigration and the role of refugees are subjects of public discourse across the globe. He remarked that “[t]he European immigration crisis, the conflict in Syria, the status of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., and the highly charged political rhetoric around this issue make it particularly timely for us as Christians to engage in thoughtful dialogue about a distinctly Christian response to these challenges.”

The symposium also features workshop speakers whose work intersects with refugee and immigrant populations, including David Drury, founder of The Immigrant Connection, an outreach program of The Wesleyan Church; Ben Bissel, executive director of the Westminster Economic Development Initiative; and Kelsey Herbert, campaign coordinator for Immigrants Are a Blessing Not a Burden, an initiative of the Christian Reformed Church. Friday evening will feature a screening of the award-winning film “Documented.”All events are free of charge and open to the public.

More information about the Faith and Justice Symposium can be found at

The Center for Faith, Justice, and Global Engagement was established in order to draw attention to these topics. It examines a wide range of contemporary issues and questions how Christians can foster discussion of complex global issues through mutual respect and a strong interdisciplinary foundation.