Table of Abraham: Refugee Aid in Faith Traditions
Everyday we hear the news about people who have to leave their country due to various political conflicts with the hope of migrating to a safer place. Millions of people, particularly kids, are suffering and in need of shelter, food, and clothing.
On April 2nd, 2016, Atlantic Institute, in collaboration with St Stephen's Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove, has organized its annual Table of Abraham Dinner. The main theme of this year's theme was "Refugee Aid In Faith Traditions". The event provided a platform for an interfaith discussion of how the values of different faith traditions underpin refugee protection and humanitarian action for millions of forcibly displaced people and how we can work together to create awareness in our own communities.
The event was moderated by Rev. Wilifred Allen-Faiella, the Rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Three panelists have participated in the event: Charlande Michel (Affiliate Director, EMM Miami), Hakan Gok (Embrace Relief, NY), and Luordes Leconte (Florida Department of Children and Families Refugee Services). The panelists have first provided their views of their faith traditions and institutions on refugee aid. Later on, there has been a lively discussion on how we can raise awareness in the local and national communities related to refugee aid. The event concluded with a question and answer session with the attendees, who indicated interest to have further events on refugee aid in the future.