1/1/2024 0 Comments
Forced migration and displacement are ballooning crises of our times, intersecting with other crises and dynamics, including climate change and environmental degradation, rising authoritarianism and ethno-nationalism, as well as ongoing and new conflicts and wars. The Episcopal Church has responded to such refugee crises with love, compassion and welcome since the late 1930s, and since 1988, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) has resettled more than 103,000 individuals as a formal refugee resettlement agency partnered with the U.S. Department of State.
Join Allison Duvall, EMM Senior Manager for Church and Community Engagement, to learn more about EMM's expanding work to welcome and support refugees, asylum seekers, and other populations. Ms. Duvall will provide an orientation to global forced displacement and the international refugee protection scheme, discuss the rapidly changing U.S. refugee resettlement landscape, and offer practical ways that dioceses and congregations can partner with EMM - in ways large and small - to welcome our newest neighbors, as we would welcome Christ.
Allison Duvall, Senior Manager for Church and Community Engagement, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)
Allison Duvall serves on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s staff as Senior Manager for Church and Community Engagement for Episcopal Migration Ministries, The Episcopal Church’s migration ministry and one of only ten national refugee resettlement agencies which work in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Duvall joined EMM in 2013, initially focusing on supporting local affiliate community engagement programs and later developing EMM's church engagement work. Today, Ms. Duvall guides all of EMM’s church and community engagement work and programs, including Neighbor to Neighbor, the Asylum & Detention Ministry Network, the Rainbow Initiative, and the development of new refugee resettlement affiliate and community partners. Previously, Ms. Duvall was the Executive Director of Reading Camp, a literacy ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. Ms. Duvall served as a Deputy to General Convention for the Diocese of Lexington in 2009 and 2012. She has served on the Executive Council of the Diocese of Lexington, as well as on the board of Episcopal Appalachian Ministries. Outside of her work and ministry within The Episcopal Church, Ms. Duvall is an accomplished Irish dancer and dance educator. In 2022, Ms. Duvall received first class honors for her Masters of Arts in Irish Dance Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and she is presently the director of the McTeggart Irish Dancers location in Kentucky. She resides in Lexington with her husband Clay, an attorney.