We have chosen the theme "Where you go, I will go" for this year's Week of Compassion special offering. During the weeks leading up to the offering, we invite you to reflect on the words of Ruth (Ruth 1: 16-17) and the ways that we, as Church, can live into a spiritual practice of solidarity. Together, we are able to work with communities and positively impact lives all over the world; to accompany people during the time of their greatest need; and to share good news with our sisters and brothers when hope is needed most.
Through your generosity and support, Week of Compassion is able to be present and offer reconciliation, new life, and hope in the midst of natural and human-made disasters that devastate many lives and communities around the world.
At this moment, the global refugee crisis is calling on the Church to respond. Since the war broke out in Syria just four years ago, the severity of the global crisis has increased dramatically, and there are now more people displaced than at any time since World War II. Our displaced sisters and brothers are running from wars, famine, floods, droughts, earthquakes, and many other causes that make it impossible for them to return home. They are calling on the international community to respond. The situation is too dire and too immediate to ignore. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, through Week of Compassion, has and will continue to offer solidarity and support to those living through one of the greatest humanitarian crises in current memory.
During this time, we can recommit ourselves to following the example of Ruth. We can say to the refugee, the person who has been displaced, the one seeking asylum and a new life, that we will go where they go and walk in solidarity beside them throughout their journey. We can give of ourselves through time, talent, prayer, and tangible resources. This is another opportunity for us to be the body of Christ, at work in the world, sharing the Good News of reconciliation, justice and wholeness.
To help your community with this year's theme, we have put resources and digital materials on our website here. If you need additional materials, please be in touch with us and we can send materials to your church at no cost. For the next few weeks, we will continue to share stories and additional resources on the special offering's theme on our website and social media.
Below are three powerful, short videos that we encourage you to take advantage of and share with your church. You can also find the video "This is my story" with Spanish and French subtitles on our website.
It is a joy and honor to serve on behalf of your Week of Compassion. Thank you for allowing all of us to put our compassion into action.
With much gratitude,
Rev. Vy T. Nguyen
Special Offering Videos
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