Bishops speaking about immigration Nov. 11

Two Iowa bishops will speak about immigration reform at Cornell College at 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

The Rev. Julius Calvin Trimble, resident bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Alan Scarfe, bishop of the Iowa Episcopal Diocese, will give a talk titled “The Church as an Agency of Hope for a time like this?” The talk will be in the Hall-Perrine Multipurpose room on the middle level of the Thomas Commons, and is free and open to the public.

The pair will share their stories about advocating for immigration reform, and their efforts to use the church to advance a vision of a community that offers opportunity and dignity for all people.

Trimble is a graduate of Illinois State University and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. He has advocated for social justice and increased attention to ministries addressing mental health issues, as well as immigration reform.

Scarfe received a Master of Arts in Theology degree from Oxford University, Oxford, England in 1972. He is a 1986 graduate of The General Theological Seminary. He is also an advocate for immigration reform, and has written extensively about religious freedom and social justice.

In addition to their talk, the pair will be meeting with several classes on campus. Their visit is sponsored by Cornell College’s Social Justice Initiative, which includes the Office of Civic Engagement, the Office of Intercultural Life, and the Chaplain and Spiritual Life Office.