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BORDER CROSSINGS: LESSONS FROM THE MIGRANT CARAVAN

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Library 21c (Pikes Peak Library District)

1175 Chapel Hills Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80920

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Join the Greenberg Center for a lecture and discussion with Rev. Gavin Rogers, BORDER CROSSINGS: LESSONS FROM THE MIGRANT CARAVAN.

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On September 24th, the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance (GCLT) will host a lecture and a discussion with the Rev. Gavin Rogers on Border Crossings: Lessons from the Migrant Caravan. The tragic events at the Walmart in El Paso, TX, the arrest of hundreds of immigrant workers in Mississippi, and the controversy surrounding the famous Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty, all highlight the need to have a thoughtful conversation about migration, refugees, and immigrant’s contributions to this country.

This dynamic pastor has spent time with many of the most overlooked members of our society. In 2012 Rev. Rogers spent several weeks living on the streets surrounding Travis Park as part of his church’s vision to include some of San Antonio’s most vulnerable populations in the congregation’s weekly life. To help him gain a better understanding of this complex humanitarian crisis, he joined the migrant caravan in Mexico City for five days on their journey to the U.S. border in November 2018. Since the end of March, Travis Park Church has been a staging location in San Antonio for more than 15,000 migrants who have legally entered the U.S. At our event, Rev. Rogers will be exploring the lessons he has taken from these experiences.

Rev. Gavin Rogers is the associate pastor at Travis Park Church in San Antonio, TX, and the founder of the interfaith community group, Pub Theology San Antonio. A native Texan, he completed an internship in Colorado Springs with the Focus on the Family Institute before finishing his Master of Divinity degree at The Divinity School at Duke University. You can follow Gavin at www.facebook.com/gavinrogers or twitter @gavinrogers. You can read about his 2012 lenten journey at www.40daysofhaven.com. His work has been covered by CNN, NPR, The Rivard Report, Fox News, and The San Antonio Express News.The GCLT is honored to partner with the Pikes Peak Library District on this community program in conjunction with this year’s All Pikes Peak Reads selection of TransAtlantic, by Colum McCann. This event intersects with the themes in McCann’s book including friendship, radical empathy, courageous journeys, and risky crossings.

This event will take place on Tuesday, September 24, 7-9 p.m., in the large meeting room at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. It is free and open to the public but you may reserve tickets on this site. General Admission - no Reserved Seats. Numerous local organizations will host informational tables at the event for attendees who are interested in supporting the immigrant community here in Colorado Springs.

For more info, visit thegreenbergcenter.org.

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