World Refugee Day 2021
Sunday, June 20, is World Refugee Day.
UMCOR’s work with refugees began in the 1940’s and remains a strong focus today. Together with ecumenical partners, UMCOR’s work is rooted in the biblical mandate to welcome the stranger.
Join us in honoring the strength and resiliency of those forced to flee from home after civil unrest or natural disaster. Commit to support the four rights of migrants: the right to stay, the right to safe passage, the right to welcome and belonging, and the right to return.
An ecumenical event – “Virtual Vigil for World Refugee Day” – is being held on Monday, June 14, 7-7:30 p.m. ET for faith leaders, asylees, and refugees. It will be a time to reflect, pray and listen to the powerful stories of those who have journeyed so far. UMCOR is a co-sponsor of this event. Please sign up here to receive the link to this vigil.
Use the resources below as tools for awareness, education, action and advocacy:
Church World Service – https://cwsglobal.org
Advocacy – https://cwsglobal.org/our-work/advocacy
Resettlement Offices –
General Board of Church & Society – https://www.umcjustice.org/what-we-care-about/civil-and-human-rights/global-migration
International Organization for Migration – https://www.iom.int
Publications – https://publications.iom.int
National Justice for Our Neighbors – https://njfon.org
The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez by Aaron Bobro-Strain
This Land is Our Land by Suketu Mehta
Immigration and the Bible by Joan Maruskin
- UMCOR grant to help asylum seekers find pathway to safetyChurch World Service’s “Leading with Welcome” program receives $1.1 million UMCOR grant to support efforts to rebuild humane immigration system
- Caring for vulnerable migrants as they cross Central AmericaUMCOR helps to feed women, children and adolescents as they travel in a migrant caravan though Guatemala.
- Helping families feel safe againUMCOR partners with Cristosal to resettle displaced families in El Salvador.