Time: 7-9 PM – Sunday, January 22nd
Location: Edmonds United Methodist Church – 828 Caspers, Edmonds

Edmonds, WA. January 22, 2017. Edmonds United Methodist Church is hosting a forum entitled “Voices We Need to Hear” at 7 pm on January 22, at 828 Caspers in Edmonds, WA. Representatives from the Muslim, LGBTQ, immigrant, and people of color communities will share their experiences of living in the United States, as well as their fears, aspirations, and advice to allies in the current political environment. Michael Ramos, Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, will moderate the event, which free and open to the public.

Speakers will include Hisham Farajallah, trustee of the Idris Mosque in Northgate, Seattle; Jessica Burwell, Edmonds United Methodist Church member and LGBTQ member; and Josefina Bautista Lopez, a U.S. immigrant of Zapotec indigenous descent from Oaxaca, Mexico.

The purpose of the forum is for those attending to learn how they can best understand and respond to and support the needs of marginalized populations in our society. Each speaker will share their past experiences of living both in the United States and our local community, as well as how the current and future political environment might affect them.

Additional representatives from the Edmonds Diversity Council, the Pacific NW Conference of the Methodist Church, and members of the Muslim, LGBTQ, Immigrant, and people of color communities will be in attendance.

Edmonds United Methodist Church describes itself as “a congregation committed to being a radically loving and welcoming community of faith, centered on the Good News of Jesus Christ, which is for all people.”

For more information on the event, you can contact Edmonds United Methodist Church at 425- 778-2119 or Greg McLaughlin at gregm@edmondsumc.org.