2018 Roundtable – Chicago, IL
It is with great excitement that we announce the 2018 Refugee Highway Partnership North America Roundtable in Chicago. We find it fitting that for the 10th Anniversary of the Roundtable, we will return to the place where it all began!
We hope that you will join us on October 24 – 26, 2018. The Roundtable will be held at Parkview Community Church in Glen Ellyn, IL.
Why do we call it a Roundtable?
We convene the gathering of a tribe. It’s a particular group of people who share a passion for forcibly displaced people. We meet in North America on an annual basis to learn, encourage each other, and make collaborative plans to implement initiatives. At a round table, every member of the tribe has a voice. We aspire to create a platform to unify many diverse ministries, services, and individuals to bring about action that would please the heart of Jesus as he sees us welcoming the foreigner in our midst and showing the mercy that he first offered us.
The focus of the Roundtable is to serve those devoted to welcoming the nations on our doorstep who come with two suitcases from their former life, but hearts hungering and hopeful for a brand new future. In their first year, a shockingly small percentage will be invited into the home of a North American. Due to color or creed, lack of language or education, most will experience prejudice, suspicion, avoidance, resentment – and, most of all, loneliness. These refugees offer the Church the opportunity to live out the mandate Jesus gave us to welcome the stranger and love our neighbor as ourselves.
Exodus World Service and World Relief DuPage/Aurora are 2018 co-hosts for the 2018 Roundtable. The planning team, consisting of members from both organizations is in the midst of preparation for this event. Please lift up this team in prayer during this process and stay tuned here for more updates regarding the Roundtable
Updates coming in March:
- Registration: Anticipate more information on how to secure your place at this year’s Roundtable.
- Table Talks: Consider contributing as a Table Talk presenter. Table Talks are peer-led, experience-based group sessions where collaboration and discussion are encouraged. Access proposal instructions and the application for Table Talks here. Proposals are due Wednesday, August 15 2018.
|RHPNA Roundtable Locations|
|2011||San Francisco, CA|
|2017||Dallas/Fort Worth, TX|