Presentation by Abdirizak Jama, SJU '18, followed by Somali dinner
Sunday, February 26, 2017, presentation at 5:00 PM; dinner at 6:30
First United Methodist Church of the St. Cloud Region
1107 Pine Cone Road South, Sartell, MN 56377
Free and open to the public, but RSVP requested for dinner
In this presentation, Abdirizak Jama will speak about his own experiences as a refugee and the experiences of others in the Muslim community of the St. Cloud area. He will also reflect on the beauty and inspiration of the Islam with which he and others grew up and continue to practice, and he will explain why and how Islam guides and enriches their daily living.
Abdirizak Jama is a chemistry major and pre-med student in his junior year at Saint John’s University. Born in Somalia, he and his family fled the country due to the civil war and settled in a refugee camp in Kenya for six years before resettling in the United States in 2010. Jama attended St. Cloud Technical High School, where he became actively involved in community service. After graduating from high school he helped to create a conflict resolution program, which later won the Partners in Education Award from School District 742. Jama has continued his community service during his time at Saint John's, where in April 2016 he was presented with a Caritas Man of Extraordinary Service award. An active participant and presenter in interfaith programs sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center, he also works at the St. Cloud Hospital as a patient care extender.
Sponsored in collaboration with the First United Methodist Church of the St. Cloud Region