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September 15

Faith & Freedom Week

United Against Human Trafficking is pleased to announce an expanded version of our annual Faith & Freedom Week during Human Trafficking Awareness Month. This week is dedicated to bringing all faith communities together around the important issue of human trafficking.

The week will launch with our 3rd annual Interfaith Anti-Human Traffiking Seder on Monday, September 15th at 6:00 PM being hosted at Chapelwood United Methodist Church. The week will continue with a variety of events hosted by faith communities across the Greater Houston Area. To learn more about these Faith & Freedom events, click on the event titles below:

Monday, September 15

Interfaith Anti-Human Trafficking Seder

Set the Children Free: The Fight Against Sex Trafficking

Tuesday, September 16

Introduction to Human Trafficking

Labyrinth Walk for Freedom

Wednesday, September 17

Set the World Free: The Fight Against Human Trafficking and Poverty in Asia and Africa

Thursday, September 18

The God Who Sees: A Theological Response to Human Trafficking

Faith Leaders’ Summit on Human Trafficking

Saturday, September 20

Faith & Freedom Midtown: Human Trafficking in Houston

 

Start: September 15
End: September 21

Faith & Freedom Week: Interfaith Anti-Human Trafficking Seder

We PRAY for Freedom…

About the Interfaith Anti-Trafficking Seder:

As part of Faith and Freedom Week, UAHT has partnered with the National Council of Jewish Women – Houston Section, Harris County AFL-CIO, The Jewish Labor Committee and Chapelwood United Methodist Church in hosting its 4th annual Interfaith Anti-Trafficking Seder.

The traditional Jewish Seder (Hebrew for “Order”) is an annual event during Passover when the story of enslavement and liberation (Exodus) from Egypt is recounted through religious readings and a symbolic meal. Our Interfaith Anti-trafficking Seder will focus on past and current struggles for human justice.

Show your support by attending this special “Interfaith Anti-Human Trafficking Seder” to demonstrate your commitment to help victims evade and escape Modern Day Slavery.  All are welcome to attend.

Please note the doors will open at 6:00pm with the service beginning at 6:30PM.

**Space is limited, so please register early**

To register for this event please fill out the on-line form below.

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Start: September 15 @ 6:00 pm
End: September 15 @ 9:00 pm
Venue: Chapelwood United Methodist Church
Address:
11140 Greenbay St, Houston, TX 77024 United States
Cost: $30

Faith & Freedom Week: Set the Children Free – The Fight Against Sex Trafficking

The Houston Graduate School of Theology is hosting a four-night series of events for Faith & Freedom Week. Monday will feature representatives from Arrow Child & Family Ministries and Freedom Place to discuss their work rescuing victims of human trafficking in the USA and abroad. Freedom Place is a Christ-centered care and recovery center for underage female victims of domestic child trafficking. Arrow Child & Family Ministries is a Christian provider of child welfare and educational services connecting church and government to serve vulnerable children and families.

Location and Parking:

The event will take place in the Willow Meadows Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. There is a parking lot adjoining the church and fellowship hall.

Contact Information:

Dr. Chuck Pitts & Janell Ray

(713) 942-9505

Start: September 15 @ 6:30 pm
End: September 15 @ 8:00 pm
Venue: Willow Meadows Baptist Church
Phone: 713-942-9505
Address:
4300-C West Bellfort, Houston, TX 77035 United States

September 16

Faith & Freedom Week: Introduction to Human Trafficking

The Houston Graduate School of Theology is hosting a four-night series of events for Faith & Freedom Week. Tuesday night will feature an Introduction to Human Trafficking presentation given by United Against Human Trafficking. Formerly known as Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition, UAHT will be defining the issue of human trafficking, presenting Houston’s approach to the issue, and sharing resources to identify and report potential situations of human trafficking.

Location and Parking:

The event will take place in the Willow Meadows Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. There is a parking lot adjoining the church and fellowship hall.

Contact Information:

Dr. Chuck Pitts & Janell Ray

(713) 942-9505

Start: September 16 @ 6:30 pm
End: September 16 @ 8:00 pm
Venue: Willow Meadows Baptist Church
Phone: 713-942-9505
Address:
4300-C West Bellfort, Houston, 77035 United States

Faith & Freedom Week: Labyrinth Walk for Freedom

Join the Dominican Sisters of Houston as they host a Labyrinth Walk for Freedom during Faith & Freedom Week! This is an indoor labyrinth to raise awareness about and pray for an end to human trafficking.

Start: September 16 @ 7:00 pm
End: September 16 @ 8:30 pm
Venue: Dominican Center for Spirituality
Address:
6501 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77021 United States

September 17

Faith & Freedom Week: Set the World Free – The Fight Against Human Trafficking and Poverty in Asia and Africa

The Houston Graduate School of Theology is hosting a four-night series of events for Faith & Freedom Week. Wednesday night will feature Kirby Trapolino, the founder of Peace Gospel and She Has Hope, who will describe the work of these ministries.

Through the development of small businesses enterprise, Peace Gospel International is empowering sustainable, native-led, mercy-based programs in Asia and Africa: caring for orphans, child trafficking victims, at-risk women and destitute children from the slums. Peace Gospel works in several of the world’s poorest nations with the goal of restoring them to a life full of hope. Hand-crafted products made by the girls of the Peace Gospel International rehabilitation home in Kathmandu, Nepal will be available.

Location and Parking:

The event will take place in the Willow Meadows Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. There is a parking lot adjoining the church and fellowship hall.

Contact Information:

Dr. Chuck Pitts & Janell Ray

(713) 942-9505

Start: September 17 @ 6:30 pm
End: September 17 @ 8:00 pm
Venue: Willow Meadows Baptist Church
Phone: 713-942-9505
Address:
4300-C West Bellfort, Houston, 77035 United States

September 18

Faith & Freedom Week: The God Who Sees: A Theological Response to Human Trafficking

Houston Graduate School of Theology is hosting colloquium on the topic of human trafficking entitled “The God Who Sees: A Theological Response to Human Trafficking.” The presentations will be in the disciplines of ethics, biblical studies, theology, philosophy, history, psychology, and sociology.

Location and Parking:

The event will take place in the Willow Meadows Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. There is a parking lot adjoining the church and fellowship hall.

Contact Information:

Dr. Chuck Pitts & Janell Ray

Houston Graduate School of Theoogy

(713) 942-9505

Start: September 18 @ 12:30 pm
End: September 18 @ 3:00 pm
Venue: Willow Meadows Baptist Church
Phone: 713-942-9505
Address:
4300-C West Bellfort, Houston, 77035 United States

Faith & Freedom Week: Faith Leaders’ Summit on Human Trafficking

Given its geographical location and transportation infrastructure, the Houston area is a “hub” for human trafficking, but this epidemic is rarely noticed.

As a part of Houston’s Faith & Freedom Week, Interfaith Ministries, UNICEF, and United Against Human Trafficking will bring together leaders from Houston’s diverse tapestry of faith traditions to discuss the issue of human trafficking. To educate, participants will screen UNICEF’s documentary on human trafficking “Not My Life”.  Then, together we will take a closer look at the issue of Human trafficking that occurs here in Houston and our local neighborhoods with the help of expert advisors from United Against Human Trafficking and UNICEF.  Finally, with the help of knowledgeable facilitators, leaders will engage in interfaith discussions to identify best practices and resources for addressing the issue in their own congregations, neighborhoods, and communities.

Location and Parking:

Houston Raindrop Turkish House

Contact Information:

Please RSVP with Carey Reagan

Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston

creagan@imgh.org

 

 

Start: September 18 @ 6:00 pm
End: September 18 @ 9:00 pm
Venue: Houston Raindrop Turkish House
Address:
9301 W Bellfort St, Houston, TX 77031 United States

September 20

Faith & Freedom Week: Faith & Freedom Midtown – Human Trafficking in Houston

South Main Baptist Church and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are hosting Faith & Freedom Midtown: Human Trafficking in Houston. The Seminars and Van Tours will held concurrently in the morning and early afternoon.

Speakers for the day:

– Given Kachepa, orphaned at age 9, brought to the United States at age 11, was one of the members of the famous Zambian Boy Choir who were enslaved by a Baptist Minister and his wife until rescued while singing at a church in Colleyville, Texas (Read the CNN Article OR watch the CNN interview with Given)

– Felicia Hyde, is a speaker, advocate for the victims of slavery, and Juvenile Supervision Officer in Dallas, who began being exploited in the commercial sex trade at 15 years old (Read more about Felicia at Fredrick Douglas Family Initiatives)

– Lorenzo Ortiz, the Pastor of Emanuel Baptist Church of Laredo, Texas, who was as a young man himself a victim of trafficking and smuggling, and now ministers to at-risk and trafficked persons on the Texan and Mexican sides of the Border.

– Nell Green, our CBF Field Personnel in Houston. She and her husband Butch work with the Islamic Community, Refugees, International Students, and Human Trafficking awareness and involvement (Read more at the CBF Blog)

– Miriam Kagaso, originally from Africa, Mariam was brought into the United States under false pretenses where she was forced to work in a home. Although raised Muslim, she miraculously found truth in Jesus Christ and by her faith was able to escape the bondage of human trafficking. Today, she continues to share her testimony at churches, Mosaic Family Services and interviews at radio stations, such as 89.7 Power FM and KDKR 91.3 FM.

There will be Van Tours to pray and identify the presence of brothels, labor centers, and other high risk areas.

Worship to process, pray, and confess. This service will be coupled with prayer stations throughout the day to give people opportunities for engagement at varying commitment levels.

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For more information contact Lonnie Campbell at lcampbell@smbc.org.

Start: September 20 @ 8:30 am
End: September 20 @ 3:30 pm
Venue: South Main Baptist Church
Phone: (713) 529-4167
Address:
4100 Main St, Houston, 77002 United States
Cost: 5.00
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