Meet Our Keynote Speaker!
Seth Kaper-Dale has been pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park since he graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2001. He is also the 2017 Green Party gubernatorial candidate.
In 2003, Seth helped create Who Is My Neighbor, Inc, which brought Highland Park a fair trade store, an after school program, and an affordable summer camp. He also created the RCHP-Affordable Housing Corp. to find and provide housing for women aging out of foster care, homeless Veterans, re-entering citizens, justice-involved youth, chronically homeless mentally ill adults, refugees, and asylees.
Since 2002, Seth has fought to keep families together who are facing the deportation of a parent. This has resulted in crafting legislation and finding sponsors to bring that legislation before the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate as well as state resolutions of support. Seth is vice-chair of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and through that venue has supported efforts to end Solitary Confinement in NJ jails and prisons.
More recently, Seth has spearheaded interfaith efforts around Refugee Resettlement, founding Interfaith-Refugee and Immigrant Services and Empowerment (Interfaith-RISE). The new Global Grace Cafe, at the Reformed Church, was Seth’s idea to highlight global goodness and refugee resettlement. Since the election of Donald Trump Seth has also started DIRE (Deportation and Immigration Response Equipo) which exists to protect immigrants from brutal anti-immigrant policies.
Ashar Hafeez is a Pakistani asylee who has lived in the United States for less than a year.
Arnaud Mpumuriza is a Burundian asylee who has lived in the United States for about four years.