34 min

Dena Nicolai: The Gift of Talking With an Elected Official - Advocating With Newcomers and Refugees | Season 4 Ep. 4 Do Justice

    • Christianity

Dena Nicolai, chaplain and refugee support mobilizer with the Christian Reformed Churches of British Columbia, shares the simple starting place for much of her engagement with people who have been refugees: joining them for a cup of coffee and saying “tell me how you’re doing.” Dena and Chris also talk about the ministry of sharing in lament, the importance of advocating ‘with’ and rather than ‘for’, and how the advocacy of faith communities and sponsors alongside newcomers changed government policy to provide a more “full” welcome for refugees in Canada.

Show Notes:


Transcript: https://dojustice.crcna.org/article/dena-nicolai-gift-talking-elected-official
Citizens for Public Justice: https://cpj.ca/
Half Welcome Report: https://cpj.ca/a-half-welcome/
Continuing Welcome Report: https://network.crcna.org/biblical-justice/continuing-welcome-report
Center for Public Dialogue: https://www.crcna.org/PublicDialogue
Faith in Action: https://www.crcna.org/FaithInAction
World Renew Refugee Sponsorship: https://worldrenew.ca/refugee-sponsorship
Action Center: https://p2a.co/CGfkxsh

Dena Nicolai, chaplain and refugee support mobilizer with the Christian Reformed Churches of British Columbia, shares the simple starting place for much of her engagement with people who have been refugees: joining them for a cup of coffee and saying “tell me how you’re doing.” Dena and Chris also talk about the ministry of sharing in lament, the importance of advocating ‘with’ and rather than ‘for’, and how the advocacy of faith communities and sponsors alongside newcomers changed government policy to provide a more “full” welcome for refugees in Canada.

Show Notes:


Transcript: https://dojustice.crcna.org/article/dena-nicolai-gift-talking-elected-official
Citizens for Public Justice: https://cpj.ca/
Half Welcome Report: https://cpj.ca/a-half-welcome/
Continuing Welcome Report: https://network.crcna.org/biblical-justice/continuing-welcome-report
Center for Public Dialogue: https://www.crcna.org/PublicDialogue
Faith in Action: https://www.crcna.org/FaithInAction
World Renew Refugee Sponsorship: https://worldrenew.ca/refugee-sponsorship
Action Center: https://p2a.co/CGfkxsh

34 min