“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?
- The Refugee Emergency Fund - Designate your donation to a specific refugee emergency such as Syrian Refugee or Burundian Refugee crisis.
- UCC's One Great Hour of Sharing Offering and Special Funds support this ministry
- If you missed the Week of Prayers for Refugee, you can find each days' prayers and actions here: http://www.ucc.org/pray4refugees
Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
Amanda K. Sheldon
Program Associate, UCC Refugee Ministries & UCC Disaster Ministries
United Church of Christ