With Open Arms: Welcoming a Refugee Family To Danville, KY

Last week, Danville and Centre College opened their arms and hearts to welcome a refugee family into the community. Many of you may remember the convocation last November where Barbara Kleine of Kentucky Refugee Ministries discussed the global refugee crisis. A Centre graduate, Kleine inspired campus to take action and become involved in the work of the Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

This past Spring, as political rhetoric concerning refugees became increasingly divisive, CentrePeace enacted a campus-wide emphasis on the Syrian refugee crisis specifically, and a community vigil was held at the labyrinth.

“From those events, numerous people began discussing the possibility of settling a refugee family,” said Dr. Rick Axtell, professor of religion, campus chaplain and a highly involved participant in the resettlement.

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