Welcoming Week Schedule

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No matter your interests, we have something for you during Welcoming Week, September 12-20, 2020. From discussions on how to create a welcoming environment for all, to songs and stories from across the globe, to cooking demonstrations – if you want it, we probably have it.

Each day begins with a prayer or blessing from local faith leaders, both clergy and lay. Throughout the day, we will post videos on social media related to the theme of the day. Join us on our Facebook Page.

9/12/2020 #WVWelcomesYou

Opening Kickoff by Welcoming America. Kick off Welcoming Week with us by joining our free, livestream event featuring exciting music, dance performances, inspiring personal stories, and more! Livestream event at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

9/13/2020 #LoveYourNeighbor

Who is my neighbor? How are you informed by your religious, moral or ethical beliefs? Join the discussion using these hashtags: #WelcomingAmerica #CreatingHomeTogether #LoveYourNeighbor

9/14/2020 #Family

Share a picture of your family using the hashtags #WelcomingAmerica  #CreatingHomeTogether. #Family

9/15/2020 #HomeIs

Interactive experience at Taylor Books (noon), moving to Capital Market at 1:00. Fill in the blank “Home is ______” with words or pictures. Post on our traveling art board. Can’t get downtown? Comment on our Facebook page, using the hashtags:  #WelcomingAmerica  #CreatingHomeTogether  #HomeIs

9/16/2020 #Cuisine

Follow cooking videos by West Virginia’s immigrants and their descendants. Share your own recipes or experiences. How does food, eating together, define your family, your culture? Share on social media.  #WelcomingAmerica  #CreatingHomeTogether  #Cuisine

9/17/2020 #CreatingHomeTogether

West Virginia Council of Churches Interfaith Prayer Service at noon, Mary Price Ratrie Greenspace
Panel Discussion, Facebook Live, 7:00 p.m. Panelists: Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, Bishop, Diocese of West Virginia; Rabbi Joe Blair, Temple Israel, Charleston, WV; Ibtesam Sue Barazi, Vice-President, Islamic Association of West Virginia; Rev. Michael Farmer, Risen City Church, Charleston, WV; Paola Garcia, DACA recipient. Pose your questions to the panelists.

9/18/2020 #Vote

Refugees, asylum seekers, and some immigrants do not have the right to vote. Vote for those who can’t. #WelcomingAmerica  #CreatingHomeTogether  #Vote

9/19/2020 #Awareness

How much do you know about immigration issues? Educate yourself on our website or Facebook page.  #WelcomingAmerica  #CreatingHomeTogether  #Awareness

9/20/2020 #StoryandSong

Listen to bilingual children’s books, posted on our social media pages. St. Marks United Methodist Church Quartet and Steel Drums featured throughout the day. #WelcomingAmerica  #CreatingHomeTogether  #StoryAndSong

West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry thanks these partners for their support:

  • Welcoming America
  • ACLU WV
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia
  • Islamic Association of West Virginia
  • Justice and Advocacy Committee, WV Conference, The United Methodist Church
  • Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church, Charleston, WV
  • St. Marks United Methodist Church, Charleston, WV
  • West Virginia Council of Churches