“Refugees, Immigration, and Sanctuary” will be the topic of a public forum on Thursday, March 23, at the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street in Camden, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the church’s new Faith and Public Issues Task Force and is open, free of charge, to the community at large.

The forum will include a panel made up of the Rev. Deb Jenks and the Rev. Dick Hanks, who will look at the issues surrounding refugees, immigrants and sanctuary from a biblical perspective and personal experience, along with a representative from Catholic Charities, which provides refugee services in Maine and throughout the country. The panel presentation will follow a video excerpt from the recent Camden Conference, which focused on refugees and global migration. The rest of the program will be devoted to open discussion.

“The Faith and Public Issues group seeks to have open, nonpartisan conversations that educate participants and lead to action by those who are so inclined,” says Roy Hitchings, a member of the organizing team. “If you need to know more about this topic than you can get from the news, with emphasis on what our faith calls us to do, this event will be of interest to you. We expect the conversation to suggest actions that will make a difference.”

For more information, email the First Congregational Church of Camden at churchoffice@camdenucc.org.