January 26, 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.
Kelley Branson, the Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services for Catholic Charities, will be the guest speaker for this month's webinar. She will be sharing a presentation entitled "Traditional Refugee Resettlement vs. Responding to the Afghan Crisis - Challenges and Opportunities," which will discuss how the Afghan resettlement differs from traditional services, the impact of trauma and family separation, and other challenges faced in these unique resettlement efforts. She will also highlight opportunities for involvement, connections, and partnerships that serve to support our new neighbors and strengthen those organizations who are serving them.
A Zoom link will be provided upon registration for the webinar.
About the Speaker
Kellye Branson has been the Director of Refugee and Immigration Services for Catholic Charities since 2008. Her prior experience was in the areas of child welfare and juvenile justice, having worked for the TN Department of Children's Services, two different Juvenile Courts, and overseeing the child welfare programs of Catholic Charities since 2002. She has also been a foster parent to four children in state custody in the past. Kellye earned her Bachelors degree from MTSU with a double major in criminal justice and psychology and has a Masters in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota.