The Moderator of The United Church of Canada, is urging your participation in a church-wide appeal for Syrian refugees who are seeking relief from protracted civil war in their country. In her first letter as Moderator to the church’s members, she writes:
We are called at this particular time to witness in a concrete way to our Christian faith in response to the needs of millions of desperate people seeking refuge and compassion.
—The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell
What You Can Do
Please provide your support today. Donations received and designated “Syria Relief” will be applied directly to support United Church Mission & Service partners ACT and MECC in this work. The Canadian government will match private donations made between September 12, 2015 and February 29, 2016 (extended from the original date of December 31, 2015). See the Syria appeal page for how to donate.
- Pray for the millions of Syrians facing conflict and displacement.
- Pray for the host communities in the region who welcome those seeking refuge from the conflict.
- Pray for United Church Mission & Service partners and humanitarian relief agencies working to meet the needs of those affected.
- Pray that regional governments and the international community will work together to address the current crisis, end the conflict, and help bring peace to Syria and the region.
- You may wish to use our Prayer for Peace in Syria.
The General Council Office has been supporting efforts by faith communities in Canada to sponsor the resettlement of Syrian refugees since the conflict began. According to Khwaka Kukubo, Refugee Program Officer, Canada is in a position to take in many Syrian refugees. “Recent news that the Canadian government will increase the number of Syrian refugees for resettlement in Canada is very welcome,” Kukubo said. “However, the process needs to be made more accessible and agile,” she added. Learn more about sponsoring a refugee.
According to the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and ACT Alliance (ACT), Mission & Service partners in the affected region, the situation is dire. They are working with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide desperately needed humanitarian, educational, and psychosocial programs for the growing number of refugees.
As you’ve seen in the news, there are over four million Syrians displaced by war in neighbouring countries, with tens of thousands in UNHCR camps throughout the region. Official refugee camps are filled to capacity and millions more refugees are living among local host communities outside the camps, placing increased pressure on shared and already scarce resources. The desperate situation has caused the massive mobilization of hundreds of thousands of refugees we have seen arriving in European countries such as Greece, Hungary, and Serbia.
- Read the Canadian Council of Churches’ Letter to the Prime Minister regarding the Canadian military response in Iraq and Syria.
- Read ACT Alliance’s appeal for Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon.
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