Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix

October 21st: Charlotte Shurtz: What you should know about the Current Global Refugee Crisis

Sunday Speaker

We have all read and heard about refugees fleeing their homes all over the world, but what do we really know about them?

Who are they? What is the difference between a refugee and a migrant? What happens before and when refugees arrive in the U.S.? What process do they go through?
What are the current issues facing refugees as they escape violence and armed conflict in their homes? What are the current numbers in our country? And how is the current administration handling refugees coming to our country?

Finally, you will also briefly learn about the Lutheran Social Services- - Who they are and the important work they do to help refugees. You won’t want to miss this compassionate, informative presentation. Learn what is really happening and what you can do to help and get involved!

Charlotte Shurtz graduated with a master’s degree in Anthropology and Migration from the University of Oxford, one of the few universities in the world that specializes in Refugee Studies. Charlotte is a native of France and migrated to the U.S in her late teens. She is an adjunct faculty of Anthropology at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and is currently leading research on the driving gender gap among refugees resettled in the metro Phoenix area. When she isn't involved in academic work, Charlotte is an advocate with Lutheran Social Services where she writes about, campaigns and lobbies for refugees.

Doors open at 9:00 am for optional buffet breakfast ($5 donation) and socializing. Presentation begins at 10:00 am.

Please consider volunteering to help make this event possible. Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities: 


The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix presents its Sunday Speaker meetings twice a month on Sunday mornings.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

A Children's Program is available during the Speaker Meeting. Please see the HSGP Meetup for the Children's Program at this meeting for more information and to RSVP with the number of children attending.

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We invite you to become a dues-paying member of HSGP. For your convenience, the membership desk is immediately behind the welcome desk at each Sunday meeting.

Thank you! See you at the HSGP Community Center!

Date: 10/21/2018 (Sun.)

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm MDT

Location: 627 W RIO SALADO PKWY MESA, AZ 85201-4009 United States

Created by:   HSGP Volunteer Opportunities
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Food Preparation & Replenishment 7-9 a.m.; Must be key holder

• Prepare food and beverages for breakfast. • Replenish food, plates, cups, utensils, etc. as needed. • Ensure the circuit breakers for the water heaters are turned on.

peter costantino
glad to help

Food Preparation and Replenishment 7-9 a.m. Do NOT need to be key holder

• Prepare food and beverages for breakfast. • Replenish food, plates, cups, utensils, etc. as needed. • Ensure the circuit breakers for the water heaters are turned on.

Steven Metzger

Set Up Meeting Room 8 A.M. - 10 A.M. (2)

• Set up tables and chairs. • Place tablecloths, salt and pepper shakers, and flower vases on each table. • Set plates, bowls, silverware, etc., on buffet table. • Fill the coffee station with coffee cups, cocoa, and appropriate condiments.

1 of 2 slots filled
Kyle Davis

Greet and Welcome 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. (3)

• Greet attendees and make them feel welcome. • Distribute badges appropriately. • Offer a tour to new guests who have not visited the community center.

1 of 3 slots filled
Kyle Davis

Bring a Casserole/Main Dish 8:45 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. (3)

Bring a casserole or main breakfast dish to the community center by 9:00 am. Don’t have a casserole recipe? Ask us to send you one in your email.

1 of 3 slots filled
Elaine Trefler

Humanist Minute Speaker 10:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

Share what Humanism means to you through a short reading or other self-expression. Need an idea? Ask us to send you a list of resources in your email.


Cleanup 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (2)

Cleanup: clear tables; clean and store coffee urns and serving dishes; sort and discard trash and recyclables.

1 of 2 slots filled
Kyle Davis

Shop for Food (Historically, this has been completed the day before the event.)

• Must be a key holder • Costco membership preferred • Determine need based on donations by food preparation volunteers • Purchase items for Sunday breakfast • Deliver these goods to the HCC


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