[build trusting relationships across cultures]
In collaboration with multicultural and ethnic leaders in the Salt Lake valley The Vine Institute invites an exchange of ideas, best practices and challenges to strengthen one another. We explore the barriers, cultural assumptions and obstacles that occur, realizing the need to surrender one’s self to become part of something bigger. In this process of listening to one another and working together, we learn, benefit from each other and realize our need for one another.
Michelle Warren came to talk to local leaders in Ogden and Salt Lake. She came as a neighbor to help us reach the needs of our community and to encourage us to define the ethical issue for the church. Good information and good stories are the key. She was able to unpack the Executive Orders on immigration and refugees and tell some compelling stores. Her call to us was action.
Multicultural Leaders Network
The multicultural church has so many definitions and models to reflect the Body of Christ.
R.I.C.E. Refugee Immigrant Citizenship Education
RICE was established for the purpose of supporting refugees and immigrants in their pursuit for preparation for citizenship and/or vocational training, including internships. The financial support issued from the RICE scholarship funding will be issued to approved legitimate providers and applicants must be approved.
Bhutanese Manuals Published
The Vine Institute is partnered with the Utah Refugee Coalition to facilitate the publication of a resettlement guide for refugees from Bhutan. This as an opportunity to serve and connect with their ethnic community. This is an project to prepare refugees for the path to citizenship.
Utah Refugee Month
The Vine co-hosted an event with Christ for the Nations to bring awareness to the Sudanese refugees living in SLC. They featured six different personal stories and their history. You couldn’t help but be very moved. The refugees are still not sure where to put their memories. All the refugees would agree, it has not been easy to experience the trauma in their homeland and the process of relocation to the US. They still have many challenges.
Seme Anoka’s story was written by Rachel Piper in the City Weekly.
SEME ANOKE Seme Anoka, secretary of Salt Lake City’s Christ for Nations Church, has collected stories of Southern Sudanese refugees living in Salt Lake City. The stories, along with music, customs and food, was shared at an event, Their Stories, Their Way, part of Utah Refugee Month to read more
Utah Refugee Conference