June is an especially appropriate time to lift up refugee and immigrant contributions and challenges, since June 20th is World Refugee Day. Also, Disciples joined with all Church World Service and National Council of Churches partner communions in March to issue an “Ecumenical Declaration: Protecting Welcome, Restoring Hope” in support of refugees and immigrants.
We hope YOUR congregation can join other churches around the country to celebrate your community’s welcome for Refugees and Immigrants ON JUNE 18th (or another Sunday near that time!)
See our Disciples Welcome Sunday planning toolkit and other planning resources for your Refugee & Immigrant Welcome Sunday (and stay tuned for additional resources to come) to help you in planning your event.
You can find planning resources from Church World Service for your celebration here and find a “World Refugee Day Toolkit” for more materials about refugees to help for your welcome Sunday, or for another special celebration for World Refugee Day on June 20th.
Also, plan now to TAKE ACTION that shares your support for refugees by signing and delivering these Refugees Welcome Legislator Postcards to your national, state, and local leadership offices!
And, be sure to SIGN UP to let us know how you’ll be honoring refugees and immigrants.
Stay tuned also for stories about our Disciples connected refugees and immigrants, which are currently being gathered for sharing around Refugee & Immigrant Welcoming Sunday. And PLEASE contribute your OWN stories of refugees and immigrants related to your church family.
Review the “On Becoming Immigrant Welcoming Congregations” and Refugee Emergency” Resolutions passed at General Assembly last summer, and use them to help inform your congregation’s responses of welcome.
Go here to find the closest refugee resettlement office to your area, and contact them to arrange for a refugee speaker. Reach out to a local immigrant congregation in your area, or contact our office to assist in inviting a local immigrant rights leader to speak. Look here for a map of the resettlement offices. For additional resources go here.