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Immigration forum

MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY, Tenn. (Jan. 27, 2021) — Milligan University will host an immigration forum on Feb. 4 and 8, featuring immigration advocate Rev. Joel Tooley of Melbourne, Florida.

The forum, “Thinking Biblically About Immigration,” aims to provide a space for students and faculty to understand immigration issues in the United States and consider how best to serve immigrant communities.

Tooley will speak in a virtual chapel service on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m., streamed on the university’s YouTube and Facebook accounts. A campus conversation event on Monday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. will feature a panel of students and faculty.

Tooley serves as the executive director of Mosaic Compassion, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing care and support for vulnerable populations through education, advocacy and awareness, and community development. He also works as a consultant with the National Immigration Forum and is a member of the Evangelical Immigration Table. He is the lead pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Melbourne, Florida, and holds a master’s in intercultural studies from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City.

Tooley and his family have served as missionaries in Costa Rica, Central America, and Mexico.

The forum is sponsored in part by a grant from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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