Forums will explore immigration laws and prison system; depression

2013-11-21T00:00:00Z Forums will explore immigration laws and prison system; depressionSubmitted By Sue Agnew St. Philip’s Communications Director Arizona Daily Star

Adult Formation Ministries at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church is offering two forums at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

In the East Gallery, St. Philip’s Border and Immigration Ministry presents “Immigrants for Sale: How Private Prisons Exploit Aspiring Americans.”

The premise of this discussion is that among those benefiting from the broken immigration system is the country’s leading private prison corporation, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), which runs many of the private immigration detention centers in the U.S.

The documentary “Immigrants for Sale” illustrates the relationship between anti-immigrant policies and the private immigrant prison system that has emerged within the last two decades.

In the La Paz Room, St. Philip’s Mental Illness Ministry presents “Understanding Depression” as we enter the holiday season — a time that is difficult for many.

A depressive illness is said to be a “whole-body” illness, involving the body, mood, thoughts and behavior. It is not just a passing blue mood. It is also not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be wished away.

Depressive illnesses may be associated with an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, negative life experiences, other medical illnesses, medications, certain personality traits and genetic factors.

With the effective medications and therapies available today, most people, including those with the most severe forms, can improve significantly.

A short video will be followed by a discussion about how this illness affects individuals and their families and where help can be found.

The forums are free and the public is welcome.

St. Philip’s is at 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at East River Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar covered parking structure on the east side. The office phone is 299-6421.

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