Bulletin and Worship resources for World Refugee Day - June 20, 2011
Journeys for Freedom: A New Look at America's Story
Peter Malual, a refugee from Sudan, survived the hardship of war as a child separated from his parents. Peter was resettled in Connecticut in 2001 by a UCC church in Madison. In "Journeys of Freedom," Peter shares his incredible journey. This is a book written for children ages 8-12.
Suggested by the Office of Refugee Ministries as a resource.
The BRIDGE Project
Dying to Live
"Dying to Live" is a profound look at the human face of the migrant. It explores who these people are, why they leave their homes and what they face in their journey. Drawing on their insights of Pulitzer Prize winning photographers, theologians, church and congressional leaders, activists, musicians and the immigrants themselves, this film explores the places of conflict, pain and hope along the US-Mexico border. It is a reflection on the human struggle for a more dignified life and the search to find God in the midst of it all.
In the Eyes of a Stranger
A new video about the amazing transformation that takes place in the lives of refugees and church folk who welcome them through the ministry of refugee resettlement. Hear the voices of refugees and Christians who have responded to God’s call to welcome the stranger and love the sojourner. This video is appropriate for use to promote the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Length 8:35 minutes; closed captioned for hearing impaired persons. Order from UCC Resources at 800-537-3394. Code #WCM100. Cost $12. PDF Formatted brochure will additional information regarding this video.
Welcoming a Stranger Bible Study by Church World Service. (PDF format)
Refugee Journal: Telling the Story of UCC Refugee Ministries
A 16-page booklet featuring four inspiring stories of refugees as they begin a new life in the USA with the help of United Church of Christ congregations engaged in refugee resettlement through UCC Refugee Ministries. The Refugee Journal also highlights the history of UCC involvement in welcoming refugees since 1946. View this issue on line by clicking here.
Lost Boys of Sudan
Lost Boys of Sudan is a feature-length documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. Although Refugee Ministries took no part in creating this resource, we want our readers to be aware of this wonderful resource.
help raise millions of dollars each year to support CWS work to alleviate hunger around the world. Funds raised from these interfaith community WALKS are helping several new initiatives for long-term refugees in Africa. As part of Church World Service’s Africa Initiative, partnerships in Tanzania are providing post-primary education and material support for uprooted people for whom resettlement is not an option. Resources in your own community can bring this theme alive in an especially vivid manner—resettled refugees and the congregations that assist them.
Restoring Hope in a Broken World
is a poster highlighting refugees and uprooted people. It bears the symbols of Church World Service and the United Church of Christ. Like the Holy family which was forced to flee from the threat of Herod, so too, millions of refugees have fled their homelands. Through Refugee Ministries we have an opportunity to restore hope to refugees as we welcome the stranger. Appropriate for use in promoting the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. To order more call United Church of Christ Resources, Inc. at 1-800-537-3394. Code #WCMRH. Free.
- Recommended Reading
- Sermons Immigration & Refugees
- A Hymn to Support Afghan Refugees
- Justice & Witness Immigration
- Migration Policy Institute
- Interfaith Immigration Coalition
- Church World Service
- Americans Voice
- Grant Makes Concerned with Immigrants
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- Office of Refugee Resettlement
- Church World Service Immigration & Refugee Program: Durable Solutions
- US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants
- Be An Advocate
- Advocacy Issues
- Refugee Stories
- UNHCR At a Glance
- Resettlement Basics