Minister To Speak on Child Refugee Issue and Faith-Based Communities

A minister from the Southwest who has been on the front lines of the immigration issue will speak about the possible housing of refugee children on Camp Edwards. On Wednesday, August 6, at 9 AM the Reverend Dr. John Dorhauer of Arizona will speak at the Church of the Pilgrimage, 8 Town Square, Plymouth, and will specifically address the response of faith-based communities to refugee children.

Dr. Dorhauer, the Southwest Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ, works with churches and other faith-based communities that are responding to the influx of child refuges from Central America.

“I know the possibility of refugee children being housed on the Cape is a new thing for residents here, but for us in the Southwest, it is our reality.” Dr. Dorhauer said. “In the past year, we’ve seen an influx of children because of the escalating violence in Central America, primarily in Honduras. I hope our story and our experiences will help faith communities in Massachusetts and Cape Cod respond in caring and responsible ways.”

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Dr. Dorhauer is descendent of John Howland and previously had planned a trip to the Howland House in Plymouth with his family.

“When I heard that Rev. Dorhauer would be in Plymouth in August, I realized it would be a great opportunity to have him share his experiences with Cape Cod faith communities,” said the Reverend Nell Fields, pastor of the Waquoit Congregational Church. She organized the presentation at a sister church in Plymouth. “His trip is timely, since there isn’t a lot of information from other sources. We are eager to hear Rev. Dorhauer’s perspective on the refugee children.”

Dr. Dorhauer’s presentation is co-sponsored by the Cape Cod Council of Churches and Justice and Witness Council of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ.

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