Third Annual LAMP Symposium - February 6, 2017

Immagration and Refugee Resettlement

Online Program Booklet Photo Gallery Videos

The 2017 Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP) symposium raised public awareness and provided resources for students, faculty, religious congregations, and community leaders in Atlanta who work with immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers or care about issues of global migration. The event began with a film screening and discussion with the directors of After Spring, a documentary on the Syrian refugee crisis executive produced by Jon Stewart and directed by Ellen Martinez and Stephanie Ching. In keeping with the LAMP vision to promote multifaith understanding in a religiously plural society, speakers and workshop leaders addressed questions of migration from a variety of perspectives, including legal advocacy, spiritual care, education, interfaith action, and community organizing. By highlighting action steps and opportunities for partnership, this third annual LAMP symposium worked across religious and academic boundaries to promote strong communities, a vibrant nation, and a peaceful and prosperous world.

Program Details

Registration & Coffee Gathering (9:30 – 10:30 A.M.) 

Viewing and Discssion of After Spring (11:00 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.)

Opening Remarks:
Deanna Ferree WomackLeadership and Multifaith Program
Director, Assistant Professor at Candler
School of Theology

Film Directors:
Ellen Martinez
Stephanie Ching

Laura Bier, Georgia Tech

Lunch and & Workshop Session 1 (12:45 – 2:45 P.M.) 

After Spring: Documenting the Syrian Crisis

Ellen Martinez
Director of After Spring

Stephanie Ching
Director of After Spring

Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Georgia Tech

Migration & The Middle East

Heather J. Sharkey,
University of Pennsylvania

Spiritual Care with Migrants and Refugees

Emmanuel Lartey
Candler School of Theology at Emory

Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel
Atlanta Presbytery

Alan Howard
Islamic Speakers Bureau

Know Your Rights

Azadeh Shahshahani
Project South

Coffee Break (2:15 - 2:30 P.M.)

Workshop Session 2 (3:10 – 3:30 P.M.)

Educating Immigrant and Refugee Students:
Context and Basic Practices

Rhina Fernandes Williams
Georgia State University

Kristina Brezicha
Georgia State University

How to Welcome and Advocate for Inclusivity in Your Community

Michelle Maziar
Welcoming Atlanta

Luisa Cardona
Welcoming Atlanta

Detention & Detained Asylum Seekers

Amilcar Valencia
El Rufgio

Melanie Johnson
Lutheran Services of Georgia & Friends in Hope

Compassion in Action:
An Interfaith Response

Leanne Rubenstein
Compassionate Atlanta

Keynote Address, "How the Legal Power of Protecting Rights Expands the Marketplace" (4:00 – 5:00 P.M.)

Derreck Kayongo, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Civil and Human Rights

Silas Allard, Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University

Poster Presentation and Resources Reception (5:15 – 5:30 P.M.)