WASHINGTON — Ever wonder about the scriptural support that backs up the Franciscan approach to immigration?
The Franciscan Action Network is hosting a free Webinar, “Immigration, Scripture and Franciscan Values,” from 3 to 4 p.m. on July 14, exploring the Franciscan migration mission and its roots in the Bible.
FAN executive director Patrick Carolan and Todd Scribner, from Migration and Refugee Services at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will discuss several topics:
- Developments in U.S. immigration policy
- United Nations special rapporteur for migration
- The theme of migration as it finds expression in the Bible
Particular attention will be given to the way in which the Gospel provides a foundation for the Church’s moral teaching on this issue in the modern world.
Participants can register for the Webinar online.
FAN also offers ongoing efforts to encourage people to lobby their Congressional representatives on several issues, including support for the DREAM Act and protecting the environment. FAN’s most recent eletter asks for support of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S.847), which would require the Environmental Protection Agency to identify chemicals known to be toxic and to force their removal from the market, and to require new chemicals to be tested for safety.
The availability of a recording of the June 20 GreenFaith Webinar on the FAN website was also announced in a recent letter.
FAN’s Washington offices recently moved to 3025 4th St. NE, on the grounds of St. Paul’s College, the house of studies for Paulist seminarians. Located in the Heckler Center, FAN’s neighbors in the building include Catholic Mission Services, the Canon Law Society, the Christian Brothers and others. The building is across the parking lot from the USCCB office and near The Catholic University of America.
“It’s an area of Washington, D.C., known as the little Vatican,” said Carolan.
The move was precipitated by the sale of the building where FAN was previously renting space. The office staff moved in June, loading the truck and handling the move themselves, according to Carolan, who was featured in a July 8 article in the National Catholic Reporter.
The Franciscan Action Network, established nearly four years ago, aims “to share information, organize at the grass roots level and coordinate activities among various Franciscan organizations nationwide,” said the NCR story titled “Franciscan Group Sees Fertile Future.”
FAN’s new mailing address is PO Box 29053 Washington DC 20017.
— Wendy Healy is a Connecticut-based writer and a frequent contributor to HNP Today.