Immigration and the Church: A Call to Action

Join ministry leaders and civil servants in an interactive, one-day event on March 13 to unpack faithful community advocacy at the local, regional and national level. 

The Christian mandate asks Christ followers to serve and love our neighbor. Yet, how does the charge to love our neighbor inform our involvement in social justice initiatives through policy change?

Hear from ministries and organizations that are currently serving immigrant and migrant families. Develop your own response and identify steps to engage faithfully in this call to action.

Key Areas of Discussion:

  • Just Who is My Neighbor: A National Framework for Understanding the Current State of Immigration
  • Immigration Justice vs. Legal Rights
  • The Green Light Driving Together Statewide Campaign
  • The Moral Imperative to Provide Basic Labor Rights to Immigrant Farm Workers
  • Refugee Resettlement and Immigration

This symposium is organized by students in the Theology & Social Justice, M.A. program.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

  • 9:30 a.m. Registration
  • 10:00 Welcome
  • 10:30 Keynote Session with Marlena Graves
  • 11:30 Community Panel
    • Carly Fox, Worker Justice Center of New York
    • West Cosgrove, Rural & Migrant Ministry
    • Hannah Vickner Hough, Legal Aid Society of Rochester
    • Lisa Hoyt, Catholic Family Center
    • Rev. Jesus Flores, Diocese of Rochester
  • 1:00 p.m. Lunch/Resource Tables
  • 2:00 Response and Discussion with Marlena Graves
  • 2:30 Call to Action
  • 3:00 Prayer for Immigrants
  • 3:30 Departure


The symposium will be held in Shewan Recital Hall located on the first floor of Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College. Parking is available in Lot A located off of Orchard Street.