October 28, 12-1 p.m., via Zoom
The United Methodist Church has Social Principles on Immigration and seeks to care for persons who migrate to the United States of America. Join us for our monthly interactive and informative lunch and learn as we explore some of the intersections between our faith and immigration issues in our current world. Join us as we hear some lived experience stories, perhaps from a perspective that differs from our own, as well as an opportunity for Q&A discussion. It will be an hour of fellowship, learning and hope.
Emily Baird Crisohon of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) will be leading this month's discussion. In 2006, TIRRC recognized the need to engage U.S. born Tennesseans, or the “receiving community” to shift the climate and build the capacity of Tennessee communities to embrace multiculturalism. That year, the organization founded the Welcoming Tennessee Initiative (WTI) as a proactive communications campaign to create spaces for constructive dialogue on immigration, to restore civility to the immigration debate, and highlight the contributions that immigrants and refugees make to our communities. WTI was the 2009 recipient of the E Pluribus Unum prize, a national awards program administered by the Migration Policy Institute to award exceptional immigrant integration initiatives.
A Zoom link will be provided upon registration for the webinar.
About Emily Baird Crisohon
Originally from Alabama, after graduating from Berry College, Emily became the Managing Director of a team building company in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to joining the TIRRC staff in April 2018, Emily was the Regional Organizer with Religions for Peace USA and the Director of A Seat At The Table Knoxville. She holds a Master of Divinity with a certificate in Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Emily was a 2017 New Leaders Council (NLC) Fellow and now serves on the NCL Nashville board. As the Welcoming Tennessee Coordinator, she works to foster a more positive narrative around immigration and create opportunities for local communities to better welcome their immigrant and refugee neighbors.