Anglicans mark World Refugee Day

[Anglican Communion News Service] The number of people displaced from their homes by war and persecution hit a record-breaking 65.3 million people by the end of 2015, the UN said today in a report released to mark World Refugee Day. Not only is the total number of refugees at record levels, but the year-on-year increase is […]

Immigrants continue to breathe life into St. Paul church

Partner parish to co-sponsor a refugee family

[Episcopal News Service – St. Paul, Minnesota] When you walk into Holy Apostles Episcopal Church here on any given Sunday you will find a melting pot. A young female Hmong deacon in her 30s will be hugging a white congregant in his 80s, and youth of many races and ages will be sitting together listening […]

Video: Presiding Bishop Curry on World Refugee Day

'We must find a way to end the suffering of human beings'

  In 2000, the United Nations named June 20 as World Refugee Day, deeming it an annual opportunity to celebrate the resilience and success of the former refugees who bless our communities with their wisdom and irrepressible spirit and to examine the root causes of violence and persecution that force people to flee at an […]

Ways and resources to observe World Refugee Day on June 20

For individuals, congregations

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] In 2000, the United Nations named June 20 as World Refugee Day, deeming it an annual opportunity to celebrate the resilience and success of the former refugees who bless our communities with their wisdom and irrepressible spirit and to examine the root causes of violence and persecution […]

Roman refugee center petitions all to ‘Welcome the Stranger’

World Refugee Day resources include liturgy for Anglican Communion

[Episcopal News Service] The refugee experience is a fundamental part of the Christian story and “by welcoming a stranger, we are welcoming the very Christ and God that we proclaim,” says the Rev. Austin Rios, rector of St. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome, Italy. The crypt of St. Paul’s is home to the Joel […]

Presiding Bishop’s 2014 World Refugee Day message

'I was a stranger and you welcomed me'

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “Remember in prayer all who flee persecution and suffering in search of security and peace, remember the baptismal promise to strive for justice and peace, and reaffirm our commitment to welcoming the stranger as Christ himself,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori states in her 2014 […]

Video: One young adult…and a Roman refugee center

This video story is being published in time for World Refugee Day, which is observed on June 20. [Episcopal News Service] In the shadow of the Colosseum, one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, the Colle Oppio Park is home to many of Rome’s refugees. A mile north, in the crypt of the Episcopal […]

Archbishop of Canterbury on World Refugee Day

[Lambeth Palace press release] Today we remember the millions of people “who have been forced from their homes and homelands, out into a world that is unfamiliar, frightening and dangerous,” the Archbishop said in a blog on World Refugee Day.”Welcoming the stranger has always been a core Christian value,” he said. For this reason, churches […]

Video: Episcopal Church helps Iraqi refugees find new life in Paris

[Episcopal News Service] Every week in north Paris, a few hundred Iraqi Christians gather for worship. It’s a bittersweet reunion for them. Their lives have been spared, but the events of the past 10 years have forced them into exile. Many have lost close family and friends in the bloodshed of the Iraq War and […]

World Refugee Day a chance to highlight church’s resettlement work

[Episcopal News Service] On the eve of today’s observance of World Refugee Day, about 150 people gathered in a U.S. House of Representatives conference room to honor the legacy of Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) for working to bring attention to the plight of displaced people and refugees, and to celebrate those who continue such advocacy. […]