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Reimagining Immigration

Saturday, OCtober 12, 2019

9:00 am Social | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Program

St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle

with Chris Koehler & Sarah Riggio

ABOUT this program

As we embark upon the 2020 election season, we hear about solutions to important issues such as immigration, racism and climate change from politicians who push forward talking points seemingly to win or keep their own party’s vote. As political and cultural discourse in our country becomes increasingly polarized, it often feels as if there is no way to move forward through the impasse. 

Enter Ignatian Imagination.What if leaders worked together creatively to envision what is possible for the most poor and vulnerable among us? What if we, as people of faith with the ability to influence our leaders, were to harness the power of imagination to help us remember God's dream for our world? What if our imaginations could help us become more loving and empathetic toward the people and world God created?

Join us for the first morning of reflection in this year's "This Ignatian Life" series on "Reimagining" key issues during this election year. Using Ignatian imagination, we will envision new paths forward through the complexities of immigration in America. Come learn from the experience of presenters Christopher Koehler (Director of Immigrant Assistance, St. James Cathedral) and Sarah Riggio (former teacher, Bellarmine Preparatory School) who will tell her story of sponsoring an asylum-seeking family previously separated at the border. By incorporating Ignatian imagination in prayer, presentation, storytelling and reflection, this morning will challenge and inspire us to look more closely at what is behind the immigration debate, to reflect on our own roles in re-shaping the narrative, and to re-envision how we can truly support immigrants and bring about change in our country.

Join an ecumenical community of people who desire to be grounded in prayer and in a vision that will renew hope and courage to act for a better world! 


Free will offering.

Suggested donation: $20



If you would like to help subsidize the cost of participation for another person, we welcome your donation. Thank you for helping us to make it possible for all persons to participate in this program!


About the presenter

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Christopher Koehler was born and raised on Long Island, NY. He graduated from SUNY Cortland with a BA in political science, and received his Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University in 2004. He spent two years as a beekeeper in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, was the campaign director for Snell for State Representative, and Cultural Diversity Coordinator for a local nonprofit. His volunteering has included his neighborhood homeowners association, Shalom Bayit-Furnishing Peaceful Homes for Survivors of Domestic Violence, community mediation, a student peace and justice group, and other issues.   Chris joined the cathedral staff in 1993 as the Director of the ESL Program.  He is currently the Director of Immigrant Assistance at St. James Cathedral. 

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Sarah Riggio, a native of Tacoma, credits her passion for social justice to the Jesuits at Bellarmine Preparatory School. They first introduced her to Catholic Social Teaching and her favorite movie “The Mission”. She continued her interest by studying philosophy, ethics and theology at Scripps College in the Los Angeles area, writing her senior thesis on Liberation Theology. After several years working in campus ministry at the Claremont Colleges, she returned to Tacoma to teach theology at her alma mater, Bellarmine. She left the classroom to stay home with her children, now five in number. Her most recent passion is for immigration reform, as her family is in the midst of sponsoring asylum-seekers from Central America. 

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