FAITH IN ACTION: An Early Response to Afghan Refugee Arrivals
A FAITH-BASED RESPONSE
Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens. You must love them as yourself, because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:34 - CEB
All of us, as disciples of Jesus Christ, share this faith history. We are called to make room, offer hospitality, to listen to the voices, to treat others with dignity, to value one another, and recognize that everyone is an equal member of the community.
Over the next days and months, refugees from Afghanistan will be welcomed into our communities. We will continue to learn and share ways in which you and/or your local church can learn how we can better “love them as yourself.” As we are learning, sharing, and practicing life together, please be vigilant of the following and practice disrupting harm:
AN ECUMENICAL RESPONSE
On Thursday, Church World Services (CWS) met with over 60 leaders from a cross section of US partner denominations to discuss how best to respond to this crisis. United Methodist Church Bishops Minera Carcaño and Sally Dick were in attendance, along with Rev. Jack Amick with UMCOR. In her comments, Bishop Carcaño expressed her concern and commitment to work with the National Council of Churches and CWS.
UMCOR is also prepared to assist with refugee resettlement through its partnership with Church World Service. Those interested in supporting the UMCOR-CWS partnership can make gifts online here "UMCOR Global Migration" or by checks with Advance #3022144 in the memo line.
Checks may be sent to:
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A commitment to prayer, advocacy, funding, and hands-on community response will be required in the months and years to come to fill the gap between refugee arrival and building stability for families. Below are some resources on how to start. We will continue to share information as we learn of them. We also encourage to you reach out to Rev. Janet Mulroy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at email@example.com if you have any resources or wisdom to share. Also, please reach out with questions as we continue to learn together.
FAITH IN ACTION: What we can do now.
Mountain Sky Conference
In Denver, CO learn how you can give material, money, or time to help in the effort. Please read more about How to Help Refugees in Colorado and the ways Denver is Preparing to Host Refugees from Afghanistan
In Salt Lake City, UT International Rescue Committee is working alongside communities and partners to support Afghans living in Utah.UMC