Bulletin Insert – June 11, 2017

World Refugee Day

Every year on June 20, the international community celebrates World Refugee Day. The Episcopal Church joins with individuals and communities to honor the resilience, hope, and innovation that refugees around the world embody.

Episcopal Migration Ministries RefugeeCurrently, there are over 65 million displaced persons around the world, and of those, 21 million are refugees. Refugees are people that have had to flee their home country due to persecution based on religion, race, nationality, or membership to a particular social or political group.  The Episcopal Church’s foremost response to the refugee crisis is through Episcopal Migration Ministries, the Church’s resettlement agency that partners with the federal government to resettle refugees and offer them new life in communities around the U.S.

Refugee resettlement is a final option for refugees—it is a life-saving option for individuals who cannot return home or integrate into the country into which they fled. Refugees who are resettled to the U.S. undergo extensive & lengthy vetting and are partnered with one of nine resettlement agencies, such as Episcopal Migration Ministries, to receive tools to assist them as they integrate, thrive, and become self-sufficient.

On this World Refugee Day, Episcopalians can join in celebration and in prayer to honor the dignity of each refugee. While refugees face often unimaginable situations and loss, refugees are individuals who bring untold skills and talents that reflect the indomitable human spirit. As people of faith, we must recognize those individual hopes and dreams as we answer the call to love as Jesus loved and welcome the stranger.

Get involved in the ministry of refugee resettlement:

Stand to Support Refugees: http://www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/stand-support-refugees-statement/

Advocate for refugees: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/RefugeeAdvocacy


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  1. As the world reflects on the global refugee crisis on World Refugee Day, there must be praise where it is due but also an increased focus on better cooperation globally.For more information, visit http://www.amirofhumanity.com

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