Interested in learning more about immigration issues? Immigration advocate Christy Staats is extending an invitation to Ohio Mennonites to attend Ohio 2022: A New Consensus on Immigration. This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, at Scarlet City Church in Columbus.

Staats notes, “During Lent of 2021 I had the privilege of joining 5 Mennonite churches in northeast Ohio to talk about God’s heart for the stranger and refugee as they followed along with the Welcoming the Stranger Scripture reading for Lent. Many folks around Ohio aren’t just impacted by getting to welcome immigrants in their churches but getting to work alongside them on farms and in businesses. It is for those reasons I’d love to extend an invite for you to join us next week in Columbus at OH-22: A New Consensus on Immigration as we look at the impact of immigrants on our churches and in the food that comes to our dinner tables. We will talk about both what good partnership in the gospel looks like as well as some immigration policy fixes that could serve us all.”

Registration for this event is free, and lunch is included.

Event Details

Pastor Eric Costanzo, who co-authored the just-released IV-Press book Inalienable with Matthew Soerens (World Relief) and Daniel Yang (Wheaton), will be speaking about the impact of immigrants across the American church as one of the featured speakers at this conference.

OH-22: A New Consensus on Immigration also will include a series of talks, Q&As and panels about bringing dignity and reform to our broken immigration system in a bipartisan way. The morning is featuring some of our faith leaders and the impact of immigrants on churches as well as Ohio veterans and pastors who went to great lengths to engage in the refugee crisis in Afghanistan and Ukraine.

Another featured speaker will be former Arizona Republican Senator Bob Worsley, who is the co-chair of the American Business Coalition. He will talk about the value of immigrants and offer common-sense solutions for immigration reform as he kicks off a more economics-focused afternoon.

For more information, contact Christy Staats at