Refugee and Migration Ministries
Caring for those in need of welcoming homes.
We have a long history of providing and creating
robust structures of welcome for the resettlement of
refugees and the protection of asylees within the
United States, while advocating for and responding to
the needs of those displaced globally.
Are you interested in connecting with your UCC neighbors who are hosting migrants? Use the map to the right to get a closer view of the hundreds of UCC churches across the country currently hosting migrants. Please contact Rev. Irene Hassan, firstname.lastname@example.org, for detailed information on churches in your area you could collaborate with to accompany refugees or asylum seekers in your area.
We offer grants to UCC churches, their partners, and hosted migrants the promote sustainability and empowerment. Grant applications are due the third Friday of each month, except November and December due to holiday office closures. Grant cycles in November and December will instead be due November 11, 2022 and December 2, 2022. New and revised grants, as well as a new grant workshop, will become available early February 2023.
Links to the grant applications themselves:
Booster Grant: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/83019-United-Church-Of-Christ
Empowerment Grant: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/83019-United-Church-Of-Christ
Solidarity Grant: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/83744-United-Church-Of-Christ
Process for Venezuela and Uniting 4 Ukraine
USCIS is offering two specialized processes to host migrants from Venezuela and Ukraine in particular. Please read the following document for more information about how you can host a Venezuelan or Ukrainian family: Venezuela sponsorship request 2022.pdf
UCC Refugee & Migration Services will be offering a webinar series on these new specialized processes, why they evolved, and why they’re resulting in a flood of heartbreaking e mails from migrants around the world in your local church inbox. Register for “Migrant Sponsorship: Responding to the Heartbreaking E-Mails” on Wednesdays 3pm ET in January 2023 here: https://UCC.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpduihpjsoHtxjRaVSXfg-2FQgr8WNh6_r
Featured Education and Advocacy Resources
Use the following multimedia resources to introduce refugee and asylum seeker education and advocacy
opportunities in your church.
TRAUMA INFORMED CARE AND REFLECTION FOR REFUGEE MINISTRIES
- January 2022 Cultural Humility vs Cultural Competency
- February 2022 Trauma Informed Reflection Meeting: Inviting Refugees to Speak Publicly
- March 2022 Toxic Charity When Helping Hurts
- April 2022 The Power & Brain Chemistry of Human Connection –
- May 2022 Steps to Understanding Racial Bias When Working with Refugees
Opportunities for Churches to Support Families in Need
Ecumenical and interfaith relationships mean that long-term partners are already engaged in both the worlds’ most well known and most invisible refugee crises
Asylum Seeker Ministries
We support asylum seekers because of and through the lens of faith. Worship, ritual and theological articulation are central to why and how the UCC supports people seeking asylum.
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With your donation, we can support local communities that
welcome people fleeing the effects of war, violence,
persecution and political disruption – whether those people
are displaced within their country of origin or across a border
into a neighboring country. This helps strengthen a delicate
social balance for the well-being of all. Please explore ways to
Around the world, the UCC supports local communities that welcome people fleeing the effects of war, violence,
persecution and political disruption – whether those people are displaced within their country of origin or across a
border into a neighboring country. This helps strengthen a delicate social balance for the well-being of all.
The United Church of Christ offers many opportunities to
accompany refugees, including:
• Hosting refugee families
in partnership with refugee resettlement offices across the United States.
• Financial support through One Great Hour of Sharing for
service to refugees, asylum seekers and asylees in the United
States and worldwide.
• Serving as UCC Partners in Service volunteers with refugee
resettlement agencies and United States’ partner
organizations serving asylum seekers.
As Global Ministries (Disciples//UCC), serving as volunteers
and Global Mission Interns with partner churches and
organizations serving refugees internationally.
• Joining our Washington, D.C., public policy team in support
of the Gospel call to “welcome the stranger” (Matthew
• Getting involved with our asylum accompaniment network to host asylum families.
• Giving financial and organizational support of specific
refugee emergencies around the world.