Interfaith Event Will Focus on Welcoming Refugees
The interfaith community in Grand Rapids is putting on an event to encourage a welcoming environment for refugees moving to the city.
Do unto others. That’s the title and message behind tonight’s event at the Catholic Information Center aimed at helping Grand Rapids be a more welcoming place for refugees. Katie Gordon is with the Kaufman Interfaith Institute and is one of the organizers.
“A lot of folks from the civic engagement community, the interfaith community have all combined efforts to host this community-wide event talking about how we can all help create Grand Rapids as a more welcoming space for Refugees.”
By a lot, Gordon means there are over 50 sponsors.
“So everyone from the West Michigan Hindu Temple, to local churches, the Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice, the Buddhist Temple..”
Aside from community keynote speakers, the event, which begins at 7 p.m., will host both information from agencies that focus on refugee services and first hand accounts.
“We’ll also be hearing stories from refugees who’ve settled in Grand Rapids over the last few years, and last decade and hear what it’s actually like to be a refugee, throughout the whole process coming from often times war-torn countries."