The United States is in danger of abandoning two long-held commitments – welcoming the stranger and struggling for civil rights – and replacing them with fears of immigrants and people of color. The church should be a leader in preventing that. Those were the central messages from the Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, in recent speeches to two partner-church audiences in Germany.Read more
As war in Syria escalates, United Church of Christ partners are expressing concern for people and churches caught in the crossfire, and dismay at the floodgate of violence opened by a sudden U.S. military withdrawal.Read more
The United Nations reports dire conditions for civilians caught in conflict. Violence continues to escalate in Syria, destroying the lives of civilians across the country. So far, more than 80,000 people have been killed in the conflict. Civilian installations, such as hospitals, schools, and water and sanitation infrastructure have been targeted, while countless homes have been damaged or destroyed. As conditions continue to deteriorate, civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence. From 1 million people requiring humanitarian assistance in April 2012, the number reached 6.8 million people by April this year. This includes 4.25 million Syrians who are internally displaced, as well as more than 3 million children.
Since the onset of the conflict in March, 2011, the UCC has supported the efforts of our partners across the region to respond to the crisis. Emergency food packages, hygiene kits, bedding, warm clothes and boots for children and portable stoves have been distributed and psychosocial support and health care is being provided. The UCC’s humanitarian reach includes displaced persons in Syria and refugee communities in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Armenia.
The UCC has pledged continuing support to our partners and your gift is needed now.
$10 could provide a pair of shoes to protect a child from the scorching summer temperatures
$32 could buy rice, vegetable oil, beans, lentils, tomato paste and salt for a family of four for one month
$65 could provide a hygiene kit with soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, wound disinfectant and bandages
$91 could afford a blanket, mattresses, pillows and a cooking set
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Pray for the people and communities across the Middle East region impacted by the violence in Syria.
- To support humanitarian relief, please make a gift payable to your congregation marked for “Syria Humanitarian Relief” with the request they be sent through your Conference office on to United Church of Christ, Financial Services.
Send gifts made out to United Church of Christ and marked in the memo portion “Syria Humanitarian Relief” to United Church of Christ, Financial Services; 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
Make a secure online donation to the International Disaster Relief fund. Please note “Syria Humanitarian Relief” in the Comments Box.
Thank you for your compassion and support.