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Grace Forum Online with the Rev. David Chavez: La frontera nos divide, pero la tierra nos une

Wednesday, October 20 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

La frontera nos divide, pero la tierra nos une. 
(The border divides us, but the land unites us.) 

We may not be a nation of immigrants (listen to Forum guest and historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz discuss her book of that title on September 29), but immigration continues to impact us all. Natural disasters, war, corruption and oppression continue to drive migrants’ continued pursuit for an opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and hope for a future. Under the Biden administration, there have been policy changes that have been welcomed by immigrant advocates. At the same time, migrants seeking asylum have overwhelmed the federal system for processing them, including thousands of unaccompanied minors. What is life like on the border today? What can and should be done about this humanitarian crisis?  

The Rev. Canon David Chavez has spent nearly all his life breathing in the culture, customs and geography of the United States’ southern border, from his childhood in the 1980s growing up between border communities in Arizona and California to his current role as the Diocese of Arizona’s Canon for Border Ministries.  

Each year the cathedral chooses a theme for inspiration and reflection, and in 2021 our theme is healing. Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young for a conversation with Rev. Chavez about how to heal the divides our borders cause, and rediscover what unites us. 

About the guest 

The Rev. Canon David Chavez, serves as Canon for Border Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona.  A native of Arizona,  Padre David was raised in both Arizona and southern California.  A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv. 2004, ThM. 2005), Fr. David is a member of the Association for Borderland Studies, and serves the wider church as a member of the council of advice for the Hispanic/Latino Ministries and as a member of the Mexico Covenant Committee.  A proud father of two amazing boys and an avid reader (mostly philosophy and cozy mysteries), Fr. David also enjoys playing alto saxophone and hiking.  

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About the guest 

The Rev. David Chavez is the Missioner for Border Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona. Chavez served as priest-in-charge at Iglesia Episcopal Santa Maria in Phoenix and curate of Hispanic ministries at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral before becoming the diocese’s border missioner. As part of that role, he now represents Bishop Jennifer Reddall with Cruzando Fronteras, a cross-border ecumenical partnership that supports migrants and asylum-seekers, including at a shelter in Nogales, Mexico. Chavez also connects congregations with ministries serving migrants who are awaiting asylum hearings and who are being held in federal detention facilities, and he leads Arizona Episcopalians in policy and theological study around border issues and coordinates trips to the border. He received master’s degrees in divinity and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. 

About the host   

The Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young, ThD is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.  

About The Forum  

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.  More about Grace Forum Online