Highland’s Justice Ministry Group will host an evening called “Immigration through a Christian Lens” on Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., in Fellowship Hall, consisting of a viewing of the documentary Documented, followed by a panel discussion of local Christian theologians about the complex issues of immigration and faith.
After the screening, attendees will be joined by Jose Antonio Vargas—the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who “came out” as undocumented in an article for The New York Times Magazine and has since been on every major news network in the country. The film chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. The film tells his story, connecting Vargas to the stories of other immigrants and the larger national conversation.
Vargas will moderate a panel consisting of local theologians :
- Rev. Dr. Lewis Brogdon, Director of Black Church Studies Program at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
- Rev. Carlos Malave, Executive Director of Christian Churches Together
- Rev. Elizabeth Kaznak, Executive Director of Kentucky Refugee Ministries
These individuals have been impacted by the immigration laws of the United States, seeking to address how the gospel impacts our Christian view of immigrants and how their Christian faith calls for immigration reform.
Read more about the film Documented here: http://documentedthefilm.com/trailer/
All are invited and welcome to this free gathering! If you are able, please RSVP at the link here: http://www.tugg.com/events/9087.
About Jose Antonio Vargas
Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) is a journalist, filmmaker and the founder of Define American, a non-partisan campaign that elevates the immigration conversation. In June 2013 his film, DOCUMENTED, world premiered as a gala presentation at the AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington, D.C. It will air on CNN in summer 2014.
An award-winning journalist, Vargas is the most well-known undocumented immigrant in the United States, appearing in various television and radio interviews from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report to Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. Vargas popularized the term “undocumented Americans” in describing the country’s population of 11 undocumented immigrants in a June 2012 cover story for TIME magazine titled “We Are Americans* (*Just Not Legally).” In February 2013, he moderated an official White House online chat on President Obama’s proposal for immigration reform and testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Vargas has been a journalist for over a decade, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country, including Rolling Stone, the Huffington Post and the Washington Post, where he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. He’s covered a wide range of issues, from technology’s and social media’s impact in politics, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the nation’s capital and the historic 2008 presidential campaign. His 2006 series on AIDS in Washington, D.C. inspired a feature-length documentary, THE OTHER CITY, which he co-produced and wrote. It world premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and aired on Showtime. In the fall of 2010, Vargas wrote an exclusive profile of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the New Yorker.
Shortly thereafter, stunning the media and political circles and attracting world-wide coverage, Vargas then told the biggest journalistic story of his career: himself. In the landmark essay for the New York Times Magazine titled “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant,” published in June 2011, he revealed his undocumented status. Armed with a camera, Vargas has traveled the country since, engaging people in an honest dialogue about the most controversial yet least understood issue in America: immigration in a demographically changing America.