In Early September, the Syrian refugee crisis came home to the world with the vivid picture of three year old Alan Kurdi lying face down on a beach at the Greek Island of Kos. However, several months earlier an ad hoc ‘coalition’ of Mennonite and United Church congregations had begun to plan and fundraise for the adoption of a Syrian refugee family. That family (of nine) is now close to clearing the hurdles that will enable them to come to Lethbridge.

Ryan Dueck, the media spokesperson for that committee, will take us inside the whole adoption process. He will share the steps along the way of refugee adoption and explain the lengthy delays, and the role of the Federal government. He will comment on the frustrations, the bureaucracy, and the various hurdles which are part of Canada’s system. He can advise about the ‘do’s and don’ts’ and explain the role of the Mennonite Central Committee. He will share insights about how Canada’s system could be stream-lined and made more generous, as well as, open a window to the whole process of refugee adoption as it functions in Canada.

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Dueck

Ryan is the pastor at Lethbridge Mennonite Church. Previously, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) from the University of Lethbridge and a Master of Arts (theology) from Regent College, Vancouver, B.C. He is married to Naomi and has fourteen year old twins. (Claire & Nicholas)

Moderator: Mary Shillington

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015 Time: Noon - 1:30 PM (30 minutes each for presentation, lunch and Q & A) Location: Country Kitchen Catering (lower level of the Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr. S Cost: $11.00 (includes lunch) or $2.00 (includes coffee/tea at the presentation)

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