World Refugee Day is June 20th

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On June 20th, we invite you to commemorate World Refugee Day in a way that is most appropriate for your community and respects your relationships. Join the global chorus honoring those in refugee situations by:

  • recognizing the courage and resilience of refugees;
  • celebrating the positive impact refugees have on U.S. communities;
  • calling for peaceful resolution to conflicts around the world that cause so many people to become refugees and internally displaced;
  • working to create welcome and safety in countries of refuge and transit; and
  • working within our churches, our communities and with our elected leaders to expand the welcome that we extend to refugees and immigrants who are our neighbors.

Throughout June, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Church World Service, and other ecumenical and interfaith partners will be offering educational events.

World Refugee Day is also a reminder to share concerns regarding refugee resettlement and asylum policies. In the near future, PC(USA) will provide a new postcard and Action Alert for you to download and use to contact your representatives. In addition, Refugee Council USA’s Advocacy Toolkit is updated every year and helps guide visits with members of Congress during their August Recess. There are even tips on how to visit your elected officials virtually!

We invite you to dedicate a Sunday worship service to focus on refugees and displaced persons. June 20th falls on a Sunday this year and July 5th is Immigration Sunday in the PC(USA). If your church is already connected to a refugee community, this is an opportunity to include them as guest speakers or perhaps share a musical offering. If you are still worshipping online, you might consider using this prayer by Valery Nodem as part of your prayers that day.

Please join us in the spirit of welcome by recommitting this World Refugee Day to building a safe and equitable society, where refugees, asylum seekers, and people of all races and nationalities are welcome. #WeChooseWelcome


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