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Due to years of conflict and disease thousands of Liberian refugees who fled the country are at risk of immediate deportation. Our partners at the National Council...

Recently UCC Environmental Justice Ministries completed a webinar or Climate Change and Forced Migration. This webinar will address one of the most important issues of...

CWS Launches Call Center to Connect Asylum Seekers Released from Detention with Resources in Local Communities Church world services has published a press release advising...

"Refugees are a blessing to our communities, and the UCC stands ready to welcome them, just as we have done since the inception of the...

Worship The UCC  engages in support for asylum seekers because of and through the lens of faith.  Worship, ritual and theological articulation are central to...

December 19, 2018 Congressman Tom McClintock: As a constituents and persons of faith, we are profoundly saddened and shocked by the violence perpetrated against those...

“People move. Movement has been the story of God’s people since the beginning of time. And throughout scripture, God gives special attention to care for the immigrant, the asylum-seeker, the refugee and the sojourner. (Download worship material and other resources here).

But what makes someone a refugee? Refugees are people just like us who, due to violence or persecution, are forced to flee their homes and cross an international border to find safety. People who are forced to flee their homes but remain inside the borders of their own country are called Internally Displaced Persons. In the United States, those who flee their homes and nations due to violence and persecution and ask for protection at the U.S. border are called “asylum-seekers”, while “refugees” come to the United States through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.

In addition to being guided by scripture, our nation has a long history of being the “land of the living” where those fleeing violence and persecution can again “see the goodness of the Lord”, including some of the early members of Christian sects that became the United Church of Christ, who fled Europe and arrived in New England as religious refugees. The United Church of Christ through Refugee Ministries seeks to accompany our our refugee neighbors, both in the United States and around the world, as they seek safety and security. Will you join us?

 

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Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org

 

Amanda K. Sheldon
Program Associate, UCC Refugee Ministries & UCC Disaster Ministries
United Church of Christ
216-736-3210
SheldonA@ucc.org