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ICUJP Friday Forum
March 11th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific
Reflections from the Migrant Trail: Guatemala City to Tapachula, Mexico
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Description: Southern Californian Episcopalians set out on January 16 for a week of pilgrimage, accompaniment, fact-finding, and witness along the “migrant road” — a route commonly taken by people from around the world who have been forcibly displaced by violence, environmental disaster, extreme poverty, and racism. The small group included clergy, laity, and diocesan staff, most of whom were seasoned church immigration activists who had been to the region before. The purpose of the visit to Guatemala and, later in the week, to Tapachula Mexico, was to strengthen ties with partners in both countries while learning more about personal narratives of those who set out on the migrant road. Upon returning, the hope was to deepen our fellow Episcopalians’ understanding of the human dimensions of the crisis and become more effective advocates for just U.S. policies in the region. Grace Dyrness was a member of the delegation and she will report on some of what the group discovered along the way.
Grace Dyrness is a private consultant in local, grassroots community development and a part-time associate professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California where she teaches in the areas of public service in an urban setting, social context of planning, and sustainable communities. She has graduate degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of Southern California. Her doctoral work focused on the growth of the informal sector of the Los Angeles economy, particularly on a project with the city’s street vendors. She serves on a variety of boards including founding Board Member of ICUJP, Housing Works, The Christian-Muslim Consultative Group, the Epiphany Trust, the CommunityAdvisory Council of The Wall Las Memorias Project, the Center for Latino Church Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.
7:30 - 7:35 Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45 Welcome and introductions
7:45 - 7:50 Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15 Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20 Announcements
9:20 - 9:30 Closing circle and prayer
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Reflection: Veda Veach
Facilitator: Fernando Fernando
Zoom host: Dave Clennon
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