Pastor will share reflections on race and immigration during program at Hoag

Posted 8 May 2024 at 5:28 pm

Press Release, Community Coalition for Justice

ALBION – The Community Coalition for Justice is pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. William Wilkinson to Hoag Library in Albion at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Wilkinson will share a presentation, “Who is Our Neighbor: Modern Reflections on Immigration and Race.”

Dr. William Wilkinson

As is typical for Dr. Wilkinson, his entry point to these important conversations is a simple story from Scripture, that includes the timeless question, “Who is my neighbor?” How shall we answer this question in Orleans County at the present time when there are so many forces pulling us apart?

The Community Coalition for Justice is a group of people throughout Orleans County, who are dedicated to expanding and deepening the conversation about poverty, race, immigration and peace. We hope that you will be able to join us. Every voice in these conversations is important!

Dr. Wilkinson has served as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Medina since 2017. He has previously served Presbyterian churches in Rochester and Dansville. A graduate of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, he is also medical doctor, trained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also participates in many denominational, ecumenical and community-based organizations.

Dr. Wilkinson’s life journey is interesting in itself, as a Black man who has excelled in two different fields, medicine and theology! More than a doctor and a minister, he is also gifted in identifying obstacles to justice and peace locally and nationally and finding creative ways to move forward.  He is also skilled in training church leaders for service in the congregation and the community.

Dr. Wilkinson is a signatory to the “Charter of Compassion” global initiative, “a movement that that brings compassion to life” by networking with people, cities, grassroots organizers and leaders.

The public is invited to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be available.

This community event is co-sponsored by these community partners: Albion Betterment Committee, Catholic Social Justice, People Embracing Diversity, and the Pullman Universalist Church, and the Hoag Library. This is our 20th event.