Immigration and the Church: What Do We Do?
Dinner and Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Richard Mouw
Dr. Mouw, widely published in theology and ethics and President of Fuller Seminary will offer a biblical approach to this complex issue of immigration and stimulate a discussion about what our churches are doing to come alongside our immigrant neighbors. Please invite colleagues, elders, and other church leaders to join us in this important conversation.
But why? Immigration reform is squarely before the conscience of our country and is now before our leadership in Washington, DC. This is not primarily a political issue for church leaders, but a discipleship question: How is God calling the church to respond in a Christ-like and biblical way to the challenge of immigration without sticking our heads in the sand or simply taking partisan positions? It's also a very personal question: How do we respond to our immigrant neighbors who are also members of our churches, contributors to our community and whose children are growing up with our children?
Our Story Our membership includes over a hundred Spanish speakers and each week we tutor more than 150 Hispanic kids who are American citizens, yet many of their parents are undocumented. Every year we build houses with brothers and sisters across the border to help eradicate poverty. We are part of the Presbytery of San Diego which has a mission partnership with the Presbytery of Northern Baja.
For the last year our Hispanic Pastor Juan-Daniel Espitia and our Outreach Pastor Tom Theriault have shepherded a bilingual focus group which has discussed in depth the question of immigration reform, seeking to honor each other and to honor Christ. This focus group has followed online the amazing work of the Evangelical Immigration Table, which includes some of our country's most respected Christian leaders, including Dr. Richard Mouw. The focus group had a dream to broaden the conversation and bravely sent it to Dr. Mouw. He instantly responded with enthusiasm.
Joining Dr. Mouw in the discussion are special guests: Nathan Fletcher, Senior Director of Corporate Development at Qualcomm, and a high ranking representative from the San Diego County Sherriff's Department. I hope you'll be able to join us June 2 as we dialogue and seek the Lord together. If you are able to attend in the morning, Dr. Mouw (bio below) will preach on immigration in our worship services at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.
God bless you in your leadership.
Richard J. Mouw has served as president of Fuller Theological Seminary since 1993, after having served the seminary for four years as provost and senior vice president. A philosopher, scholar, and author, Mouw joined the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics in 1985. Before coming to Fuller he served for 17 years as professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Free University in Amsterdam.
A graduate of Houghton College, Mouw studied at Western Theological Seminary and earned a master's degree in philosophy at the University of Alberta. His PhD in philosophy is from the University of Chicago.
Mouw has a broad record of publication. He has been an editor of the Reformed Journal and has served on many editorial boards, including currently Books and Culture. He is the author of 19 books, including The God Who Commands, The Smell of Sawdust, He Shines in All That's Fair, Culture and Common Grace, Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport, Praying at Burger King, an expanded and revised edition of Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, and most recently, Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction, The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship, and Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals.
Mouw serves as a panelist in the online forum "On Faith" offered by the Washington Post. In 2007, Princeton Theological Seminary awarded Mouw the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life. Mouw has also participated on many councils and boards, recently serving as president of the Association of Theological Schools. He served for six years as co-chair of the official Reformed-Catholic Dialogue, and is a leader in interfaith theological conversations, particularly with Mormons and Jewish groups.
Mouw recently announced he would retire from Fuller's presidency in July 2013, after which he will remain at the seminary in a faculty role.