Public invited to hear immigration speaker at Northwestern College

Matthew Soerens, the U.S. director of church mobilization for World Relief, will speak about immigration on Wednesday, June 23, at 7 p.m. at Northwestern College. The evening program, titled “Who Is My Neighbor? A Christian Response to Immigration,” is open to the public free of charge. It will take place in the Vogel Community Room of the DeWitt Learning Commons.

In addition to Soerens’ work with World Relief, he also serves as the national coordinator for the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition that advocates for immigration reforms consistent with biblical values. His talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Soerens believes that while immigration is a political, economic and cultural question, it is also a biblical issue with important missional ramifications for the church in the United States. During his presentation, he will share how biblical principles can inform one’s response as a Christian to immigration issues and—more importantly—to refugees and other immigrants themselves.

Soerens previously served as a Department of Justice-accredited legal counselor at World Relief’s local office in Wheaton, Illinois, and before that, with World Relief’s partner organization in Managua, Nicaragua. He is the co-author of “Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis.”

This event is sponsored by Northwestern College, Trinity Reformed Church, the Evangelical Immigration Table, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice. For more information, contact Jason Lief at