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St. Scholastica sponsors interfaith discussion on immigration and sanctuary

DULUTH, Minn. — The College of St. Scholastica will bring together speakers from different religious backgrounds for “Sacred Responsibility: An Interfaith Conversation About Immigration and Sanctuary,” a free public discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 E. First St. in Duluth. Child care will be provided and refreshments will be served.

“Sacred Responsibility” will examine the spiritual and religious aspects of immigration around the world. What role do religious believers have to play? Speakers from different walks of life and different faith traditions will engage the public on what role migration plays in sacred narratives.

The discussion will focus on topics including: How is a stranger to be treated, according to spiritual authorities? Is the image of sanctuary common across faith traditions, and what are its limits? What are the responsibilities to one’s community in comparison to others?

The speakers are:

. Yusuf Abdi, Director of Refugee Services, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (Minneapolis)

. Rick DeFoe, Anishinaabe Elder, Past Chair of Duluth Indigenous Commission (Duluth)

. Rev. Charlotte Frantz, Sanctuary Congregation Team, Peace United Church of Christ (Duluth)

. Catalina Morales de Sanchez, Immigration Organizer, ISAIAH (St. Paul)

. Rabbi David Steinberg, Temple Israel (Duluth)