Monday, May 16, 2011

Forum on Immigration

The following is an Press Release our congregation recently issued about a forum we're sponsoring this Wednesday, May 11 called, "Myths of Immigration"

In an attempt to address important community issues, Chain of Lakes Church is sponsoring a presentation called “The Myths of Immigration” Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at the Lino Lakes Senior Center, 1189 Main St. in Lino Lakes.

The presentation will be led by Katherine Fennelly, Professor at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

“With the controversy that took place last summer in our community of Lino Lakes with regards to the English only issue, we thought it was important to share a research-oriented perspective on Immigration,” said the Rev. Paul H. Moore, organizing pastor of Chain of Lakes Church.

The presentation is free and open to the public. There will be a question-and-answer session following the presentation.

Fennelly has written extensively about immigration issues and teaches several classes on the topic. Her research interests include public policy related to the integration of immigrants and refugees in the United States, and the preparedness of communities and public institutions to adapt to demographic change.

“Obviously Immigration is a controversial issue. We hope that no matter what opinion a person has about this issue, we can share a presentation where people can find common ground. At Chain of Lakes Church we want to do everything we can to address important community issues and to do so in a way that brings people together,” Moore said.

Last fall the congregation hosted a talk by Kashif Saroya, a leader of the Islamic Resource Group of the Twin Cities.

Chain of Lakes is a new church sponsored by the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The congregation celebrated its grand opening worship service in January 2010. Worship services are every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Lino Lakes Senior Center.

Additional information is available by contacting the church at (763) 208-8049 or by visiting the church on the Web at

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