Protect Welcome, Restore Hope

Refugees are forced to flee their country of nationality as they are under threat and it is not safe for them to remain. We are standing with our refugee neighbors, both in the United States and around the world, as they seek safety and security. We are standing for welcome. Get your congregation involved.

Disciples Refugee and Immigrant Welcome Sunday - June 18
Click here to download a toolkit of resources to help you prepare to participate in Disciples Refugee and Immigrant Welcome Sunday on June 18…or any other event around that time.

Get Your Congregation Involved

Register Event

It is more important than ever for people of faith to bring a bold, prophetic voice and stand in solidarity with refugees and immigrants. The first 20 congregations to register an event will receive a free banner.

Register your congregation’s event

Give

Make an immediate impact by giving securely online to welcome refugees who have recently arrived, those who will arrive in the months to come, and to public witness work in solidarity with refugees and immigrants.

Make an online donation

Volunteer

Your congregation can help refugees feel welcome in their new community.

Find an office near you

Webinar on the State of Refugee Resettlement

ICYMI: Listen and Share our First Webinar Recording on the State of Refugee Resettlement. Encourage your congregation to take part in dedicating a worship service to honoring the journeys of refugees and immigrants. Please spread the word far and wide about the worship resources here on GreaterAs1.org and urge everyone to put their congregation’s worship service on the map!

Church World Service and the National Council of Churches unveiled a national grassroots initiative in support of refugees, “Through this Ecumenical Declaration, we pledge to Protect Welcome and Restore Hope by engaging our congregations and networks in safeguarding the refugee resettlement program and bringing a bold, prophetic voice to stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees,” reads the Ecumenical Declaration to Protect Welcome and Restore Hope.

CWS also released this action alert and church bulletin.

Resources for Your Special Offering

Refugees – the most thoroughly vetted group of individuals entering the U.S. – are by legal definition those who have “a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.” They are outside of their country of nationality and are unable to return safely.

Your congregation can help them as they are facing their darkest hours far from home. Your support will help provide critical assistance for newly-arrived refugees; legal assistance to families affected by the travel ban; and advocacy work to call for justice and compassion. We have prepared the following resources for you and your congregation to use in a special offering or event.

Featured Resources

Ecumenical Declaration Sunday Toolkit
Word

Protecting Welcome, Restoring Hope Liturgy
Word

Hymns
PDF | Word

Scriptures
PDF | Word

Downloads

Bible Study
PDF | Word

Children’s Sermon
PDF | Word

Children’s Sermon 2
PDF | Word

Moment for Mission
PDF | Word

Bulletin Insert
PDF | Word

Bulletin Insert 2
PDF | Word

Group Activity
PDF | Word

Group Activity 2
PDF | Word

Worship Resource
PDF | Word

Poster
PDF | Word

Stories
PDF | Word

Declaration Bulletin Insert
PDF | Word

 
 
 

Social Media Graphics

Freely share the following on your account or your congregation’s account.

Videos

Banners (3′ x 6′)

Refugees Welcome Banner
PDF | Word

Welcome Neighbor Banner
PDF | Word

The first 20 congregations to register their service on the Refugees Welcome map will receive a free Refugees Welcome or Welcome Neighbor banner of their choosing. Click here to register your congregation’s events.