Bulletin Insert – June 3, 2018

World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, held each year on June 20, we celebrate the strength, resilience, and courage of refugees worldwide. The Episcopal Church is deeply committed to the work of welcome and refugee resettlement, and stands with families forced to flee.

Every minute, 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. There are currently over 65.6 million refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people worldwide. Of that number, more than 22.5 million are refugees, and more than half are children.

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is a living example of the Church’s commitment to aid the stranger in our midst. By working in a public-private partnership with a network of 14 local affiliate partners, congregations, dioceses, and community supporters, EMM offers hope and security to the world’s most vulnerable. It is with the generous support and dedication of all those who stand ready to welcome that EMM is able to offer the vital services of cultural orientation classes, English language classes, employment services, school enrollment, childcare, housing assistance, transportation, and more. The ministry of refugee resettlement provides a strong foundation for families who have been displaced to begin again in safety and peace.

Refugees bring gifts, skills, and talents to our communities, enhancing the very fabric of our nation. Join Episcopalians across the country this World Refugee Day in prayer and action in support of our newest neighbors and friends. Get involved in the ministry of refugee resettlement:

  • Support Episcopal Migration Ministries: http://www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/give
  • Advocate for refugees: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/RefugeeAdvocacy
  • Join the welcoming movement: EMM offers opportunities for individuals, congregations, dioceses, and organizations to take an active role in the refugee welcoming movement. Are you discerning a call to service, education, or advocacy? Contact Allison Duvall, EMM Manager for Church Relations & Engagement, at aduvall@episcopalchurch.org.
  • Volunteer with this life-saving ministry through an EMM local partner: Visit http://bit.ly/EMMpartners

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