CHATHAM TWP. – The Reverend Ellen Clark Clémot, senior pastor at Chatham Township Presbyterian Church, has written a book about refugees and how to make them feel at home.
The pastor is hosting a discussion to celebrate the book launch at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 5, in the church social hall.
Clémot, who is also a licensed attorney, will discuss “Discerning Welcoming – A Reformed Religious Approach to Refugees”, from a legal and ethical perspective, with historical insights into the Reformed religious tradition of welcoming refugees. . His presentation will be followed by a signing session and light refreshments.
The event is free and open to the public.
“It’s a time of global crisis,” Clémot said. “Refugees from Ukraine, Afghanistan and other places of conflict around the world are seeking safety in other countries, including the United States. Understanding ways to help them is more important than ever.”
“Discerning Welcome” provides ethical and legal reasoning to help individuals discern the best ways to welcome refugees into their communities given their local context. It offers concrete examples of how to welcome and discusses local groups that have been leaders in providing immigration resources and refugee support.
The book also offers a discussion of the moral issues around the border walls, as well as a historical overview of the Reformed Christian faith tradition of welcoming the stranger and helping neighbors near and far.
For more information about this event, contact church administrator Ceri Gilpin at (973) 635-2340.