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- Church World Service Delegation Visit to China and Hong Kong July 19-31
- CWS Immigration and Refugee Program Coordinates New Spiritual Care Program

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE DELEGATION TO CHINA:

The Rev. John L. McCullough, Executive Director of Church World Service, will lead a CWS delegation visit to China and its Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong, July 19-31.  The group will meet with the Amity Foundation in China and partners in Hong Kong and will visit Amity projects, including U.S. teachers of English serving with the Amity Teachers Program. 

Besides the Rev. McCullough and his daughter, Monique, United Methodists, the group will include Canon Patrick Mauney of The Episcopal Church, CWS Chair; Mia Adjali of the United Methodist Church; Jennifer Riggs of the Christian Church (Disciples), and CWS staff members Victor Hsu and Rick Santos, both of the Presbyterian Church, USA.  The Rev. McCullough and Mr. Hsu will remain in the region for visits to CWS programs in Vietnam and Cambodia, returning to the United States on August 7.

CWS/IRP COORDINATES NEW SPIRITUAL CARE PROGRAM SERVING IMMIGRATION DETAINEES, INCLUDING ASYLUM SEEKERS:

The Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program is coordinating a new spiritual care program serving immigration detainees, including asylum seekers, being held in Immigration and Naturalization Service detention sites across the United States.

CWS and other faith-based organizations pressed for spiritual care standards, recently adopted as part of broad new immigration detention standards.   Spiritual care coordinators and caregivers will coordinate spiritual care for detainees and INS staff.  The new program is a collaborative effort of CWS, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Jesuit Refugee Service, Refugee Immigration Ministries, Episcopal Migration Ministries,  and other non-governmental organizations.  For more information, contact Joan Maruskin, CWS/IRP, jmaruski@ncccusa.org; 202-544-2350.

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