The next Immigrant Dignity Coalition meeting will take place virtually via Zoom.
Please contact Samantha at to be sent the link and password prior to the meeting.
La próxima reunión de la Coalición de Dignidad de los Inmigrantes tendrá lugar prácticamente el próximo miércoles a través de Zoom.
Póngase en contacto con Samantha en para recibir el enlace y la contraseña antes de la reunión.

March 9th, 2022, 3:30 pm ET — Mary Hinton (Hollins University) and Carl Strikwerda (Elizabethtown College, Emeritus)

Join Presidents Mary Hinton (Hollins University) and Carl Strikwerda (Elizabethtown College, Emeritus) as they explore the history and missteps of institutional efforts to embrace diversity, with a focus on the curriculum and campus life outside the classroom. In conversation with other college and university presidents past and present, this charrette will consider how critical interfaith engagement with – rather than glossing over – the religious and institutional history of our schools is essential to building more inclusive institutions.

February 28th, 2022, 1 pm ET — Kevin Brown (Spring Arbor University), Tina Grace (Bridging the Gap), Meredith Raimondo (Oberlin College), and Jonathan Zimmerman (University of Pennsylvania)

This charrette will examine two such programs as an invitation to both adoption and adaptation. The first, “Bridging the Gap: Dialogue across Difference,” brought together students from Oberlin College in Ohio – known as a bastion of liberal thinking, where students are frequently dismissed as elite, intolerant “snowflakes” – and students at Spring Arbor University – a private, Christ-centered, liberal arts school in Michigan, whose students are labeled as conservative, intolerant evangelicals. The second program, “Politics in the Age of Trump: Speaking Across Our Differences,” featured a collaboration between Cairn University, a Christian university outside Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania.

February 24th, 2022,  3:30 pm ET — Peter Felten, PhD (Elon University), Leo M. Lambert, PhD (Elon University), and Marion Larson, PhD (Bethel University)

In this interactive charrette, Drs. Peter Felten (Elon University), Leo Lambert (Elon University), and Marion Larson (Bethel University) will invite participants to share and reflect on their own personal stories of (collegiate) relationships that have shaped how they engage difference.  Drawing from this collective experience, the conversation will transition to co-imagining how to build campus structures – policies, events, programs – that deliberately seed and nurture relational networks that transcend deep difference.

We are planning on holding information sessions on the Laudato Si’ Action Platform and how our Archdiocese will be implementing the different goals across the different sectors. We don’t have a hard date set yet, but please be on the look out for an invitation for events to be held the week of February 14-18.
Here’s a brief article giving a bit more information on the new platform.
In May of this year the Vatican launched the 7-year Laudato Si’ Action Platform (  This initiative’s aim is to have every Catholic institution, from the family to large organizations, become ecologically sustainable in seven years. Pope Francis’ goal is “to help lead the world’s Catholics along a journey of intensified action in caring for creation.” In his video message on May 24th, Pope Francis stated that “We need a new ecological approach that can transform our way of dwelling in the world, our styles of life, our relationship with the resources of the Earth and, in general, our way of looking at humanity and of living life.”
“Our selfishness, our indifference and our irresponsible ways are threatening the future of our children…I therefore renew my appeal: let us overcome the temptation of selfishness that makes us predators of resources; let us cultivate respect for the gifts of the Earth and creation, let us inaugurate a lifestyle and a society that is finally eco-sustainable,” said Francis in his video address.
In his encyclical Laudato Si’, published five years ago, Pope Francis identified the ecological crisis as “a summons to profound interior conversion; a reexamining of our relationships with the Creator, with creation, and with our sisters and brothers.” He also noted that “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue…and calls for a spiritual and cultural revolution to realize integral ecology.”
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform focuses on seven sectors: families, parishes, schools, hospitals, businesses, organizations, and religious orders. It has seven goals: the response to the cry of the earth, the response to the cry of the poor, ecological economics, adoption of simple lifestyles, ecological education, ecological spirituality, and community involvement. More specific steps about how the various sectors can become active participants in working towards the action plan goals are available at
“There is hope,” Pope Francis says. “We can all collaborate, each one with his own culture and experience, each one with her own initiatives and capacities, so that our mother Earth may be restored to her original beauty and creation may once again shine according to God’s plan.”

February 7th, 2022, 4 pm ET — Asma T. Uddin (Aspen Institute) and George Yancey, PhD, (Baylor University)

In this opening charrette, or problem-solving session, George Yancey (Baylor University) and Asma Uddin (Aspen Institute) will explore how religious identity can sometimes transcend, and thus serve as a bridge across, these partisan divides. Drawing from their experience, they will examine 1) how the frame of “religious liberty” can unite conservative Christians and religious minorities; and 2) how shared religious commitments can provide a platform for interracial engagement and reconciliation.

Join Shoulder to Shoulder in a conversation with Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) to explore and unpack what Christian nationalism is, what it has to do with anti-Muslim discrimination, and what we can do about it.

As a Christian herself, Amanda will share why she believes her fellow Christians must engage on this issue and she’ll share insight and practical tips for educating and mobilizing faith communities on this issue, including lessons learned through her leadership of the Christians Against Christian Nationalism initiative. BJC is a national partner of the Shoulder and Shoulder campaign coalition and Amanda serves as a Shoulder to Shoulder Steering Committee member. Learn more about Amanda here.