9am-1pm: Education and Service Event
University Church | 5655 South University Avenue, Chicago
WHAT: Staff from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant Rights and Refugees  and Uniting America Fellows will lead discussion on ICIRR’s newest integration and volunteerism initiative called Uniting America. Presentation will include questions and answer portion followed by “call to action” and “next steps” proposals.
PURPOSE: Inform members of the MTS community and its broader network of faith communities about Uniting America local activities aimed at building cross-community relationships between immigrants and their native-born neighbors in Chicago and its suburbs. MTS and its constituent communities will be given a chance to get involved in a community based partnership aimed at addressing issues in immigration and cultural conflict at a personal level through one-on-one volunteer opportunities. By connecting to Uniting America project MTS community can become part of national grass-roots justice and reconciliation efforts to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans.
9-9:30am: Sign in and Continental Breakfast
9:30-11:15am: Introductions & Panel Discussion, moderated by the Rev. Dr. Frank M. Yamada
Militza Pagan, Uniting America Fellow at West Suburban Action Project (PASO) in Melrose Park (Southwest Suburbs)
Katherine Rivera, Uniting America Fellow at Asian American Institute in Chicago (North Suburbs)
Megan Benham, Uniting America Fellow at Council of Islamic Organization of Greater Chicago in Chicago (West Suburbs)
11:15am-12pm: ICIRR Presentation on "Uniting America"
Including comments from site supervisor and/or volunteer
Information about how to get involved will be available
12-1pm: Lunch – To ensure we have enough food, please RSVP.
5:30pm to 7:30pm: Partners in the Vision Benefit Dinner
Piccolo Mondo Restaurant, 1642 East 56th Street, Chicago
Reservation levels between $150-$250 per person.
6:00pm to 7:30pm: Friends and Family Buffet Dinner
McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Avenue, Chicago
Free seminary and street parking available.
8:00pm to 9:30pm: "The View from 2040: The Futures of Theological Education" - A Panel Discussion
Augustana Chapel, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago | 1100 E. 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615
Panelists will include:
The Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt, President of Chicago Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, Distinguished Visiting Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary
Dr. Kwok Pui Lan, Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality, Episcopal Divinity School, and President of the American Academy of Religion
The Rev. José F. Morales Jr., Regional Minister in the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Disciples of Christ
Respondents will include:
Dr. Dan Aleshire, Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow, National Organizer/Student Programs Coordinator at Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ)
10:00am to 11:30am: The Inauguration Service
Apostolic Church of God
6320 S. Dorchester Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637-3714, 773.667.1500
11:30am to 1:00pm: Inauguration Reception
Apostolic Church of God
Hors d'oeuvres will be served.