POSTPONED – Potluck for the McGill Middle East graduate Fellows, due to severe weekend storm warnings.
Watch this space! A rescheduled visit by the Fellows to Essex County is in the works, for March or April.
St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex is hosting an informal, community-wide Pot Luck dinner, to meet and greet four new McGill Fellows from the Middle East. All are invited to come. Bring a dish and a wish for renewed world hope to share.
When: Saturday night, January 19, 6:30 p.m. (POSTPONED)
Where: St. John’s Church, “Persell Hall”, Church Street, downtown Essex village
Dishes: Vegetarian dishes are most welcome; (please identify your ingredients, for our guests)
They have just received American visas while studying in Montreal, and are coming on very short notice for the weekend. Host families for the weekend are John & Katharine, Colleen & Jim Van Hoven, Carole Slatkin, and Bobbi & Dick Perez.
A second, more formal Friday-Sunday visit is being planned for March or April, to include more of the Fellows, and public presentation(s). Your ideas for venue and content are solicited. Bring your ideas to the Pot Luck, or let me know by email.
The Middle East International Community Action Network [ICAN]* and McGill ICAN Masters in Social Work Program in Civil Society and Peace Building were founded and taught by Prof. Jim Torczyner, from Willsboro, NY, and Montreal. His MSW approach is anchored in Rights Based Community Practice, serving all disenfranchised or displaced people, through partnerships and in open vulnerable street-front community action centers and mobile vehicles. Fellows are recruited, through ICAN’s community action centers and partnering universities in Israel, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank, Jordan, and Syrian refugee camps, to train at McGill for higher leadership positions, in their evolving shared societies in the Middle East.