Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have
entertained angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2)
At this critical time, when more people are living as refugees than at any point
since World War II, you and your congregation are invited to stand for welcome
by taking part in Refugee and Immigration Welcome Sunday on June 18, 2017.
Whether residing in camps in the Middle East or newly resettled in a host
country, refugees often need assistance with essentials like food and warm
clothes, as well as education and health.
As followers of Christ, we are called to practice hospitality (Rom. 12:13), feed
the hungry, clothe the naked, and welcome the stranger (Matthew 25:35). But,
as countries close their borders to refugees and threaten to cut resources for
refugee support, the challenges refugees face multiply, making now a
particularly urgent moment for Christian communities to heed this call.
Do so by joining Week of Compassion, Disciples' Refugee and Immigration
Ministries and our broader ecumenical church community on this national day
of education and action. We will collectively show compassion for the more
than 21 million people who are living as refugees today by telling their stories
and prayerfully engaging in Bible study on topics related to migration and
welcome, whether in Sunday School, during worship or through special events.
Our partners at Church World Service have provided these planning resources
to help get you started.
Stay tuned also for stories about our Disciples connected refugees and
immigrants, which are currently being gathered for sharing around Refugee &
Immigrant Welcoming Sunday. And contribute your OWN stories of refugees
and immigrants related to your church family here!
Together, we can help ensure that everyone who is in need of a safe place to
live, free of threats of persecution, has one. Having these conversations,
becoming educated and prayerfully discerning action is crucial to this goal.
Join us as we come together, inspired and unified by the radical hospitality of
Jesus Christ, to show welcome to refugees and embody this hospitality in our
Be sure to SIGN UP HERE to let Refugee and Immigration Ministries know
how your congregation will be honoring refugees and immigrants on June 18.
We love to hear how you carry out the work of compassion in your local