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Understanding and Responding to Today’s Worldwide Refugee Crisis!
May 8 @ 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Sherman Hicks, Pastor and Advocate for RefugeeOne, will speak on the topic, RefugeeOne: Understanding and Responding to Today’s Worldwide Refugee Crisis. Today, perhaps more than ever, we may be aware of refugees. Yet, the existence of refugees is not a new or recent phenomenon. Who are refugees? Where do they come from? What are they seeking? What are their needs? How has the U.S.A. and more specifically Chicagoland responded to refugees? Is there a role for faith and/or values to play in addressing the refugee crisis? These questions will be addressed as we also look at the work of Refugee One. RefugeeOne is a refugee resettlement agency in Chicago. We will learn about their work and hear the real life stories of refugees in Chicagoland. This discussion is indeed “for such a time as this.”
The Rev. Dr. Sherman Gregory Hicks retired from the church-wide staff of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) May 1, 2014. Ordained in 1973, he has served in the ELCA as Director for Ethnic Specific Multicultural Ministries, Executive Director of the Multicultural Ministries Program Unit, Mission Director and Coordinator of the African American/Black Outreach Strategy, and Senior Pastor of First Trinity Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C., among other appointments. He has three Doctor of Divinity Degrees (Carthage College, Elmhurst College and Wittenberg University). Currently he serves on the Board of Regents, Wartburg College and the Diversity National Advisory Board, Wartburg College, among others. He is originally from New York and deep down is a Brooklyn Dodger fan.