Peacemaker Visiting from Italy

Joanna LudwigEvents, News

We are excited to announce that from September 27 – October 3, we will be hosting Paola Schellenbaum, an International Peacemaker representing the Waldensian Church of Italy. We are privileged and thrilled to have this opportunity!

Paola Schellenbaum is a trained cultural anthropologist both in Italy and abroad. In the field of international migrations, she has done research and developed training modules on intercultural education and integration. She is a member of the Waldensian Church-Union of Methodist and Waldensian Churches. She lives in Pinerolo, Turin, near the Waldensian Valleys. She collaborates with the weekly newspaper “Riforma” and serves as member of the National Commission on Families. Waldensians and Methodists in Italy are Christians who belong to the family of Protestant churches. Waldensians have been present in Italy since medieval times. Methodists have been present in Italy since the 19th century: co-operation between these two churches increased after the Second World War, culminating in the signing of a Covenant of Federation in 1975. They are members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, both working to respond to the refugee crisis through the Humanitarian Corridors and Mediterranean Hope Projects.

Keep an eye on upcoming events and find more information about Paola here.
Please contact Christie Wiersma @ 616.308.3353/ with any questions.


Schedule of Public Events:

Thursday, September 28:
Lunch with local agencies involved with refugees (All are welcome!)
Sunday, October 1:
World Communion Sunday, Paola will offer the morning Conversation and a class following the service.
Monday, October 2:
Congregational and Community Panel Discussion