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Westminster Seminars Online

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  • Sunday | July 12, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Zoom
  • 412-835-6630

Welcoming the Stranger: A Look at Immigration in the U.S.
Peace and Justice Summer Seminar Series

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Meeting ID: 871 4362 3141
Password: 696023

“And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you…Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:38-40

What is the current state of immigration in the U.S.? How did we get to this point? How does COVID-19 affect immigrants? How can we be of help? What does Jesus say about all of this?

These are just some of the questions surrounding the issue of immigration and our connection to it. This month, join us for a series of seminars addressing these and related questions.

July 12: The History of Immigration in the U.S.
Cristian Minor, an attorney in the South Hills, will help us learn how we came to be in our current situation. Cristian graduated with a law degree from the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico. He also completed a J.D. at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. While in law school, Cristian was a student attorney with the Pitt immigration law clinic. Cristian provides legal work pro bono to underserved communities, particularly the Hispanic Community in Pittsburgh.

July 19: The Current Situation
Kristen Schneck, an immigration attorney who has practiced immigration law for 15 years, will help us understand current laws and how these affect immigrants. From 2016-2017 she served as the president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and from 2017-2019 she served as the vice chairperson of the Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Committee on immigrant issues to the City of Pittsburgh and Mayor Bill Peduto’s Office. She has worked with hundreds of families in acquiring legal immigration status, allowing families to stay together. She is a graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law.

July 26: Doing Our Part
Sister Janice Vanderneck, founding director of Casa San Jose in Beechview, will tell us about the work that this group has done ministering to Latinx immigrants here in Pittsburgh. She will share how the COVID-19 virus has affected many of her clients, how Casa San Jose has been able to reach out to them in this difficult time, and how we might become engaged. Sister Janice has worked in Latin America, educating and organizing community members to think critically about power structures, oppression, and political engagement. She is a member of the Advisory Council on Immigrants and Internationals for the Department of Human Services of Allegheny County, and she is currently a member of the Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Committee. Sister Janice is a Catholic religious sister with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden.