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Hiding in Plain Sight: The Impact of Immigration intercultural conversation and coffee

October 20, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Hands and arms of diverse colours joining together to create two overlapping hearts.

Join Chris Pullenayegem and members of the Western Intercultural Ministries Network as we continue our multi-year tradition of hosting deep and sometimes difficult conversations on pressing intercultural issues. Immigration is a complex and sometimes hot topic in our churches and our society. Come out in person or online and join the conversation! Bring your questions and dilemmas, your respectful curiosity, and your hopes for an intercultural church Coffee and fellowship after.

Friday October 20, 6:30 PM, in person at Grace United Church, 6215 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6A 0X9
And live streamed on the Grace United YouTube channel.

About our speaker and conversation facilitator:
Chris Pullenayegem is an immigrant from Sri Lanka specialized in law (specializing in refugee and Immigration law and policy), psychology, leading change and innovation and in adult education. Chris grew up in a multi-religious and multi-ethic context among communities fractured along these lines. In Canada he worked as a Refugee Policy Analyst which adds to the wealth of knowledge and experience he brings to the area of migration and Diaspora.

His current work as Director of Congregational Vitality at the Vancouver School of Theology includes building a vision for a new and emerging church in Canada co-created by established and migrant communities of faith, which involves researching and developing resources to facilitate this evolution.  His interest in inter-faith work motivated him to lead an Ontario inter-faith coalition on social reform for a while.  He is a trainer in cross-cultural competencies and multi-faith awareness and is a keen observer of people movements. Chris has decades of experience working with the Church in matters relating to church renewal, leadership and new ministry development and discipleship/faith formation.


October 20, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Grace United Church
6215 104 Ave
Edmonton, AB Canada
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