CWS Global Summit: Program Agenda

Please be prompt to all sessions and heed the ushers to make the most of a very rich and full agenda.

Monday, October 7: National City Christian Church

7:15 and 7:30 a.m.
Buses from Courtyard Marriott to National City Christian Church

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Registration & Denominational Breakfasts

Breakfast for all will be served in Scott Hall

Denominational breakfasts will take place in the rooms listed below

  • Methodists: Music Suite
  • Episcopalians: Large Atrium
  • Lutherans: Small Atrium
  • Baptists: Howland Center #1
  • Presbyterians: Howland Center #2
  • United Church of Christ: 3rd Floor Board Room
  • Disciples of Christ: Sharon Stanley's office

9 am - 9:45 am
Welcome, Opening Prayer, Overview of Agenda & Context


  • Dr. Earl Trent, Chair, Chair, CWS Board of Directors
  • Dr. Stephen Gentle, Senior Pastor, National City Christian Church
  • Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of the United States and Canada
  • Rev. John L. McCullough, President & CEO, Church World Service
  • Erol Kekic, Director, CWS Immigration & Refugee Program
  • Personal Refugee Story
  • Elizabeth Ferris, Co-Director, LSE Project on Internal Displacement and Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

9:50 am - 10:50 am
Dialogue on Building Stronger, More Welcoming Communities


  • Allegra McLeod, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University, moderator
  • Rev. Randy Mayer, Senior Pastor, Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Arizona
  • Tolu Olubunmi, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Community Change
  • Rev. Jacob Dhamaraj, PhD, Pastor, Shrub Oak United Methodist Church, New York
  • Jen Smyers, Associate Director, Immigration & Refugee Policy, CWS
  • Gaby Pacheco, Director, The Bridge Project

Greetings from Dr. Tyrone S. Pitts, Past General Secretary, Progressive National Baptist Convention

CWS Snapshot: CWS Miami

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
STRATEGY SESSION I: Skill building to be more effective in developing your personal role in the movement for immigrant and refugee rights

Breakout strategy sessions will take place in the rooms listed below:

  • Building Teams for Long-Term, In-Depth Organizing: Large Atrium
  • Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Community: Small Atrium
  • Utilizing Powerful Symbolism & Social Media: Scott Hall (front)
  • Politics & Policy of Immigration Reform: Sanctuary
  • Messaging & Media Training: Music Suite
  • Communications from the Ground Up: Howland Center #2
  • Preparing to Implement Immigration Reform: Howland Center #1
  • For Heads of Communion & National Leaders Only: Experiential Media Consultation & Interview Simulation: 3rd Floor Board Room

12:35 p.m.
Greetings from Dianne Randall, Executive Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Scott Hall

CWS Snapshot: Exodus Refugee Immigration
Scott Hall

12:40-1:15 p.m.

Scott Hall

1:25 p.m.
Greetings from J. Herbert Nelson, II, Director of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church (USA)


Personal Refugee Story

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Missiological Reflection on Immigration
: Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics, Iliff School of Theology

Greetings from Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, presiding bishop of the First Episcopal District, Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church

CWS Snapshot: CWS North Carolina

2:25 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.
STRATEGY SESSION II: Building Denominational Teams to Promote the Rights of Immigrants & Refugees

Breakout strategy sessions will take place in the rooms listed below:

  • Methodists, led by Bill Mefford: Sanctuary
  • Episcopalians, led by Katie Conway: Large Atrium
  • Lutherans, led by Folabi Olagbaju: Small Atrium
  • Baptists, led by Aundreia Alexander: Howland Center #1
  • Presbyterians, led by Melissa Davis and J. Herbert Nelson: Howland Center #2
  • United Church of Christ, led by Noel Andersen and Randy Mayer: 3rd Floor Board Room
  • Disciples of Christ, led by Sharon Stanley: Music Suite
  • Catholics, led by Ryan Murphy: Howland Corner
  • Scott Hall: All remaining participants meet for session and breakout groups

3:55 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Break, networking


Greetings from Deb Stein, Director, Episcopal Migration Ministries and Linda Hartke, President and CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

CWS Snapshot: Bethany Christian Services and Oregon New Sanctuary Movement

4:25 p.m. - 5:55 p.m.
STRATEGY SESSION III: Collaborating to build stronger, more welcoming communities in your state, and preparing for congressional visits

Breakout strategy sessions will take place in the rooms listed below:

  • Large Atrium: North Carolina and South Carolina
  • Small Atrium: Pennsylvania
  • Music Suite: Maryland, Virginia, Nebraska and Minnesota
  • Howland Center #1: New York, California, Indiana and Illinois
  • Howland Center #2: Texas, Florida, Ohio, Michigan
  • Sanctuary: All other states, to meet and then break out into small groups
  • For Heads of Communion & National Leaders Only: Ecumenical Leaders' Roundtable: 3rd Floor Board Room

6 p.m.
Highlights of the Denominational & State sessions: Bill Mefford, Director, Civil and Human Rights, General Board of Church and Society, The United Methodist Church and Rev. Noel Andersen, Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants’ Rights, CWS


Greetings from Lisa Sharon Harper, Director of Mobilizing, Sojourners

Personal Refugee Story

6:10 p.m.
Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Rev. Dr. Earl Trent, Chair, CWS Board of Directors

Keynote Address: Cecilia Munoz (invited), Director of Public Policy, The White House

Greetings from The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church & Dinner Blessing
Scott Hall

Scott Hall

Greetings from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Resident Bishop of the United Methodist Church, Los Angeles Conference and Details on Tomorrow’s Action
Scott Hall

8:30 p.m.
Buses return to hotel

Tuesday, October 8

Breakfast on your own

8 a.m.
Travel to Capitol Hill (Buses leave from Courtyard Marriott at 8 and 8:15 a.m.)

Drop luggage at the Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, NE

9 a.m.
Gathering on West Lawn of the Capitol Building

9:30 a.m.
Prayer Service

10 a.m.
Press Conference

10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Prophetic Action to Change the Hearts and Minds of Representatives

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Congressional visits

(1-2 visits per person), lunch on own

12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Concert, Rally and Prayer on the National Mall at 10th & Independence (optional); Congressional visits continue

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
March to West Lawn (optional); Congressional visits continue