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Latino Immigration: Challenges and Opportunities for the Church, March 21


Decatur, GA— Latino immigration as a challenge for the church is the topic of a conference, March 21, 2009, on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, GA. The event is sponsored by Faith and the City programs of Columbia, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Interdenominational Theological Center, and Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology. The event is for pastors, church and community leaders, and seminary students interested in Latino immigration issues. Program leaders are Harold Recinos, professor of church and society at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and Maria Marquardt, who has taught at Agnes Scott College, Emory University, and the University of Florida. Recinos is the keynote speaker. He is the author of the books Hear the Cry!, Jesus Weeps, Who Comes in the Name of the Lord?, and Good News from the Barrio. Maria Marquardt will lead a multi-cultural workshop and panel discussion titled “Framing the Issues.” She co-authored (with Manuel A. Vasquez) the book Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas and has been featured on National Public Radio’s Speaking of Faith and in the magazine Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. Other event workshops include Bible Study Curricula for Educating Congregations; Judicatory Challenges in Supporting Congregational Ministries; Impact of Immigration on Women and Children; Overview of State/Federal Legislation; Challenges for Latino Congregations, and Challenges for Community Service Organizations. The program fee is $25 ($10 for seminary students) and includes lunch. For general information about the event, please e-mail The cutoff date for registration is March 13. To register go to and scroll down to the date of the event. Click on "Supporting Document" for the Spanish registration form. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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