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Conference on Latino Immigration and the Church, March 21


Decatur, GA— Latino immigration, a challenge and opportunity for church and community, is the focus of a conference, March 21, 2009, on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, GA. Program leaders are Harold Recinos and Maria Marquardt. Workshops will cover various issues related to Latino immigration, such as state and federal legislation, challenges for community service organizations, the effect of immigration on women and children, and the church’s role in educating and supporting congregational ministry to immigrants. Recinos, the keynote speaker, is professor of church and society at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. His most recent book is Good News from the Barrio: Prophetic Witness for the Church. Maria Marquardt is the co-author (with Manuel A. Vasquez) of Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas and has been featured on National Public Radio’s Speaking of Faith. She has taught at Agnes Scott College, Emory University, and the University of Florida. Lunch is included in the $25 ($10 for seminary students) registration fee, which is due by March 13. To register go to and scroll down to the date of the event. Click on "Supporting Document" for the Spanish registration form. 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. For general information about the event, e-mail 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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