Putting a Human Face on Migration

An application-based seminar on thinking deeply about migration and migrants as a Christian


Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 2023


Calvin University
3201 Burton Street NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

This week-long seminar, directed by Janice McLean-Farrell and Leopoldo Sanchezexplores common assumptions in the media and wider public sphere about migrants and offers an introduction to the main theological approaches, as well as the complexity and nuances that accompany immigration in the U.S . It assists participants in developing a framework for thinking about ministry with and among their immigrant neighbors, including implications for public worship. The seminar will explore issues such as human trafficking, unauthorized immigration, comprehensive immigration reform, constructing a theology of migration,  forms of advocacy, and the church's mission in a world filled with migrant neighbors.

Participants will also engage the topic through Biblical reflection, a diversity of readings, discussions, conversations with individuals involved in immigration reform and advocacy, and a site visit to a local immigrant community and ministry. Our weekly rhythm will include morning “classroom” time, afternoon break time, group meals, and a public evening event.

This seminar will be offered at no cost to those participants who are selected. Space is limited. All meals and lodging will be provided throughout the week. Participants are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the seminar.