Exploring Life and Faith

ELF meets almost every Thursday evening (September through May) at St. Andrew's. Our program begins with Evensong at 5:45 followed by a provided light supper at 6:30. Exploration of the topics begins at 7:15. We end our evening with prayer. All are invited to come for the whole evening or any of its parts. 


On Thursday evenings this fall, join us as we explore dimensions of the political, moral legal, and cultural dimensions of immigration and refugee resettlement.
October 12  |  Immigration policies in Denver and Colorado Harriet Mullaney is an active member of the American Friends Service Committee’s Coloradans for Immigrant Rights program and has worked with immigrant communities in northeast Denver for many years. She will provide an update on immigration issues including the recent Denver city ordinance and executive order; the DREAM Act of 2017 and Colorado’s DACAmented population; and local sanctuary efforts.
October 19  |  Trumped: Hot topics in U.S. Immigration Law
Lisa York is a partner at the Lisa York Law Firm. Learn about important changes to U.S. Immigration system under the Trump Administration including the latest on DACA, ICE enforcement activates, the Travel Ban, and the Buy American, Hire American Executive Order.
October 26  |  Living through displacement

Presented by Kylie Schwartz of St. Andrews and Han Thar, a former refugee from Rakhine State, Burma.   Imagine being banished from your home, your family, your dreams, just because of your ethnicity. Who are refugees and why are they here?  What does it mean to be internally displaced?  What’s really going on at the border of Burma and Bangladesh?  We’ll explore these questions and more as we share stories of exile, faith, hope and resilience in the face of displacement.  With the current humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, this should be a timely discussion.  

November 2  |  Refugees in our communities:  Myths and Realities
Kathy Fleming of St. Andrew’s will give a history of refugees in the US, the process of refugees have gone through in recent years to come here, and an overview of the current status of refugees in the US. Kathy will describe her teams’ experiences with the Aljamal family, including some of their needs and desires and some of the impacts other current administrations actions.
November 9  |  Making it personal:  a conversation
Reflecting on the Episcopal Public Policy Network’s statements on immigration and refugees, we will engage with each other on our personal, emotional, and faith response to these issues.
November 16  |  Refugees in the U.S.: History, current events and controversies
Presented by Attorney James Chiu. The United States has a long history of accepting refugees from all over the world. Recently refugees have once again come into the forefront of international headlines. This presentation will examine the refugee resettlement process, current events surrounding refugees, legal challenges related to refugee resettlement, and the deeper moral questions raised by the plight of refugees worldwide.


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