Seeking Refuge: A Biblical Approach to Refugees

Thursday, September 21st at 7:00 pm

Venue Details

Baker Book House I 2768 East Paris Ave SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49546 I (616) 957-3110

Free
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Venue Details

Baker Book House I 2768 East Paris Ave SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49546 I (616) 957-3110

Free

Event Details

Join us for an evening of discussion about the refugee crisis with author Stephan Bauman. Bauman will be speaking and taking questions and will follow that with a book signing.

What will rule our hearts: fear or compassion?

We can't ignore the refugee crisis—arguably the greatest geo-political issue of our time—but how do we even begin to respond to something so massive and complex?

• Who are refugees and other displaced peoples?
• What are the real risks and benefits of receiving them?
• How do we balance compassion and security?

Drawing from history, public policy, psychology, many personal stories, and his own unique Christian worldview, Stephan Bauman offers a nuanced and compelling portrayal of the plight of refugees and the extraordinary opportunity we have to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Stephan Bauman lives to see people everywhere rise to the call of justice and give their lives in ways that empower the poor towards real change, a journey he continues to pursue. Stephan is the executive director of a foundation serving the least resourced and accessible places of the world. Prior to working in philanthropy, Stephan served as President and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization partnering with the global Church to serve more five million vulnerable people each year. Stephan’s pursuit of justice led him to transition from a successful career in the Fortune 100 sector to Africa where he directed relief and development programs for nearly a decade. Stephan holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Wheaton College and the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Possible: A Blueprint for Changing How We Change the World (2015) Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis (2016), and Break Open the Sky: Saving Our Faith From a Culture of Fear (2017).
Stephan considers his African friends his most important teachers, and his wife, Belinda, his most important mentor. Stephan, Belinda, and their two sons, Joshua and Caleb, live near Grand Rapids Michigan where they enjoy the woods, the arts and late night conversations with friends.