Immigration Reform and DACA to be Focus of Bethany College Convocation

Bethany, WV – Nathan Wilson, director of communications at the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis will speak on the challenges of immigration reform and the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the 2017 Bethany College Fall Convocation on Thursday, September 14.

Mr. Wilson’s remarks will take place at 11:00 am in Commencement Hall on the Bethany campus.

His speech, “Welcoming the Stranger in a Time of Anger and Anxiety,” will examine how welcoming  strangers can inform the national discussion on immigration reform, particularly in the wake of the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the DACA program and in the overall context of uncertainty facing the United States and much of the world.

The Fall Convocation is an annual tradition at Bethany, welcoming students back to campus and bringing the entire College community together to celebrate the start of a new academic year. In addition to the main speaker, the College also recognizes high academic achievement from the spring semester.

Rev. Wilson oversees the Christian Theological Seminary’s internal communications, media relations, and community relations while facilitating dialog with leadership representing community, faith-based and higher education institutions. He also coordinates the Faith & Values section of The Indianapolis Star. 

Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Wilson has served as senior minister of two congregations. He was an associate fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland, while earning a degree in international security at the University of Geneva. Prior to his work in Geneva, Wilson served as director of public policy and interim director of communications for Sojourners, based in Washington DC. He also served as the executive director of the West Virginia Council of Churches, a role that made him the youngest individual to serve as executive director of a state council of churches.

About Bethany College

Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.