“The Role of Interfaith Communities in Serving Refugees and Immigrants Locally and Globally”
Join the IRC in Charlottesville and Richmond for a discussion on the special role that faith communities can play, both in supporting refugees and immigrants and in addressing the complex global challenges of today that have displaced a record 79.5 million (about one percent of humanity). We hear a lot in the news about the resurgence of religion and its divisive role in world affairs, but the positive role of transnational interfaith initiatives, as well as the good work of the interfaith movement in our local communities, is often overlooked. We will look at some case studies that show the effectiveness of interfaith action on issues that impact refugees and immigrants and discuss the opportunities, challenges, and limitations of this type of approach to addressing local and global problems.
About the Speaker
Dr. Andrew Sharp is Associate Professor of Theology at South University and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, offering courses on global ethics, world religions, Islam, Muslim-Christian relations, theology, ministry, and biblical studies. In addition to work in higher education at several universities (including the University of Richmond, University of Virginia, and the College of William and Mary), he was also a social worker in Ohio and Virginia, editor for an international interfaith news digest (based in London), and policy specialist for Virginia’s refugee resettlement and licensing programs