Latin@ Center Hosts Immigration/Deportation Conference

11-28-2012 by

M. Edwards
Interested in learning more about immigration and deportation?

McCormick Theological Seminary’s Center for the Study of Latin@ Theology and Ministry presents “Immigration, Deportation, and Mission,” a day-long conference on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at New Life Family Center, 2910 N. Central Avenue in Chicago from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

This conference features six workshops; three in the morning and three in the afternoon.

The morning workshops will be presented from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM; the three sessions include:

  • “Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Pastoral Care and More! presented by Ms. Marcela Hernandez, Outreach Organizer for the Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition;
  • Pastoral Care with the Immigrant Family,” presented by Rev. Erwin Carrera, Pastor of New Life Family Center;
  • “Legal Resources for Congregations,” presented by Attorney Julissa Ruiz.


The afternoon sessions will be presented from 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM; the three sessions include:

  • How to Respond if a Loved One is Detained,” presented by Rev. Sara Wohlleb, Congregational Coordinator of the Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition, Chicago Religious Leadership Network (CRLN);
  • “Access to Health and Social Services,” presented by Ms. Luvia Quinones, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR); and
  • “The Role of the Church Within a Model of Economic Support to Immigrant Families,” presented by Mr. Omar Lopez, CALOR, a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities. 


This conference is open to church and lay leaders and all who want to learn more about immigration and its theological aspects. While the event is free and open to the general public; pre-registration is required. For more information call 773-947-6310 or send an email to

Conference co-sponsors are New Life Family Center, Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition-Chicago Religious Leadership Network (CLRN), Seminario Biblico Hispano, Asociacion Ministerial de Chicago, Asociacion Latinoamericana de Ministros Evangelicos, L.E.A.P., U.N.I.C.A.P., Lutheran School of Theology Alberto “Pete” Pero Multi-cultural Center, CALOR, Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), La Red de Oracion and the First Congregational Church of Chicago UCC.