Unavoidable Global Realities: Refugees
Rev. Nicholas Granitsaswith Rev. Nick Granitsas

Thursday, March 14, 2013
12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Kerr 418

Join us as Rev. Granitsas shares about his nearly 40 years of experience serving among the refugee and immigrant community in nearby Revere, MA. He provides practical examples of how we can address this global reality on a local and personal level.

There are over 42.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. In 2011, 4.3 million people were newly displaced due to conflict or persecution. 800,000 of these individuals were displaced across international borders, the highest number in more than a decade. In 2011, the United States was the country that received the highest number of refugees for resettlement.  46% of refugees are under 18 years of age.

About Rev. Nicholas Granitsas

Rev. Nicholas Granitsas, a graduate of Gordon-Conwell, has pastored the First Congregational Church of Revere, MA since 1974. His vision is to reach the urban, transitional communities of that region, particularly working among the first and second generation immigrant communities.

Before coming to Revere, Rev. Granitsas served three other churches. He has served in various leadership capacities in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC), including four years as national president.  He has been active in the community, having served in many capacities including nine years on the CAPIC (anti-poverty agency) board of directors, six years on the area board for the Department of Social Services (now Department of Children and Families), two years on the Governor’s Council on Refugees, six years on the Revere Human Rights Commission, five years on Revere’s Massachusetts General Hospital Health Center’s advisory board, and sixteen years on the board of A Women’s Concern.  He also served on boards for Lexington Christian Academy, North Shore Christian School, and the Evangelistic Association of New England (now Vision New England).  In addition, he has been an adjunct faculty member of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary since 1980, teaching the denominational standards course for the CCCC.

Rev. Granitsas and his wife, Joan, have seven adult children (four adopted and three natural) and eighteen grandchildren.  Over the years, twenty-eight other children lived with them, including children who came to America as refugees from Vietnam and Cambodian, foster children, and three of their nephews.

 

Sponsored by the J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions, the “Unavoidable Global Realities” gatherings provide an opportunity to explore and discuss key issues and trends in the global Church today.

For more information, please contact Kristin Gelinas, Global Programs Administrator.

J. Christy Wilson, Jr. Center for World Missions