Emergencies

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People from the Centro Educacional de la Madera (Timber Education Centre) volunteers to build houses for people who have lost everything.
Volunteers building a home for earthquake victims.

The United Church has a long history of assisting a time of emegency, both globally and close to home. 

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PDF icon A Prayer of Gratitude in Times Like These
A prayer from United Church of Canada partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines
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May 31, 2017
In Advent, we celebrate the story of a young family in the Middle East, displaced from their home, facing an arduous journey and great danger. This is especially poignant as more than 10 million Syrians who have been forcibly displaced from their homes by five years of civil war. Responding to this crisis has been part of the Mission & Service of the whole United Church. And there’s still...

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PDF icon Bulletin insert: Extreme Hunger Appeal
A bulletin insert on the United Church's appeal for hunger in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. ...
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October 7, 2016
The United Church of Canada is in communication with Mission & Service partners on the ground, but some are finding it challenging to reach people in some of the most remote and heavily damaged areas.
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June 7, 2017
Call on the federal government to increase its commitment to the famine-stricken regions of Africa and the Middle East.
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April 21, 2017
Your generous gifts help United Church partners provide a wide range of life-saving assistance.
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March 31, 2017
The United Church of Canada sends its deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones, friends, and colleagues in Peru’s recent floods and landslides. The floods are reportedly the worst that Peru has suffered in many decades. News reports say at least 94 people have died, and as many as 700,000 are now homeless. Damage is estimated at US$3.1 billion The United Church is a member of ACT...
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October 19, 2016
New video: Your generous gifts support education, opportunities, and hope for displaced Syrian children and youth.
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October 14, 2016
The United Church of Canada is launching an emergency appeal to provide humanitarian relief to Haiti, Cuba, and nearby Caribbean countries devastated by the impact of Hurricane Matthew.
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May 9, 2017
Respond to the extreme hunger crisis with people of faith around the world through prayer, reflection, and action.
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May 29, 2017
All eligible donations made from March 17 to June 30 will be matched.
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June 7, 2017
Please join Moderator Jordan Cantwell and others around the world in offering prayers, solidarity and commitment to work together in the face of extreme hunger and famine in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, and Yemen.
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September 28, 2016
With support from the United Church and others, partners are working hard especially to empower Syrian women and children. The Joint Christian Committee for Social Services (JCC) provides services to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. JCC is the Lebanon Area Committee of the Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees and the Middle East Council of Churches , which are Mission and Service partners...

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File Pray for Brussels
We encourage people to pray with all those affected by acts of terrorism.

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File Prayer for African Drought Relief
A prayer for those affected by the drought in Africa.
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March 17, 2017

Caring God,

Our failure to care for creation continues to cause pain and suffering beyond imagining.
Across Africa
     lush lands are becoming barren;
     water is becoming scarce;
     soil is eroding;
     livestock are dying;
     and people are in growing need of food assistance.

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PDF icon Prayer for all impacted by wildfires in BC
A prayer for all affected by the British Columbia wildfires of July 2017.
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July 12, 2017

God of Creation,
We live in a world where both beauty and danger surround us.

Receive our prayers for those impacted by, and living in fear of, the wildfires across the interior of British Columbia:
     for all who cannot find adequate food, safety, or shelter…
     for all who have lost their homes, churches, community centres, and workplaces…
     for all your glorious natural Creation that has been destroyed and is in harm’s way…
     for all things, places, and place that are in need of healing.

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March 29, 2017

Compassionate One,
our society has failed you.
You were a refugee, seeking safety and freedom,
      and we did not welcome you.
You were naked and exposed, with inadequate shelter and insufficient pay,
      and we did not fight with you for equal rights.
You were fearful of being detained or deported without a just trial,
      and we did not provide you sanctuary.
We seek forgiveness for the ways we have forsaken you,
and offer our thanks for the communities,
people, and organizations who have

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May 15, 2017

Creator,
We pray, with others around the world,
for those facing extreme hunger and starvation in
South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya, and Yemen.

Redeemer,
Let us be part of a world response
that cares for all people in need with love.

Sustainer,
Help us, with others, answer the call to end famine
and eradicate poverty.
Amen.

—a prayer for the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine, May 21

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March 23, 2017

Life giving and loving God,

We bring to you our love, our concern and our prayers for the millions of people facing hunger and starvation in the region around the Horn of Africa.

We remember particularly those in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya, and Yemen facing the combined forces of drought, violence and climate change.

We confess that our failure to care for creation continues to cause pain and suffering beyond imagining;

The world’s indifference and inability to address hatred, conflict and oppression threatens the well-being of millions.

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October 14, 2016

Eternal Creator,

Bless the lands bearing the enormous strength of Hurricane Matthew, 
and bless the people who love these lands and call them home.

With your help and guidance, may we work to:

Protect the vulnerable and those most affected by the raging rainfall, flash floods, and landslides;

Strengthen those who are able to offer physical, emotional, and spiritual aid; and

Support our partners in ministry who will continue to serve the people and the land long after the storm has passed.

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File Prayer for Peace in Syria
A Prayer for Peace in Syria
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September 28, 2016

God,
we are peacekeepers and kin-dom builders
—lost—
in search of how to best support a peaceable resolution to the conflict in Syria. 

We seek stability for the people of Syria,
who are displaced from their homes, millions fleeing to other countries for safety.
Steadfast God, provide safe shelter.

We seek healthy living conditions for all;
while reports of chemical warfare and poor living conditions continue.
Nurturing God, provide access to humanitarian aid.

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March 31, 2017

Eternal Creator,

Bless the lands bearing the burden of flooding in Peru, 
and bless the people who love these lands and call them home.

With your help and guidance, may we work to:

Protect the vulnerable and those most affected by the raging rainfall, flash floods, and landslides;

Strengthen those who are able to offer physical, emotional, and spiritual aid; and

Support our partners in ministry who will continue to serve the people and the land long after the storm has passed.

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June 12, 2017

Creator God, be with us in these times of trouble:
we are surrounded by images of violence from ....

we are called to wrestle with how to respond to the devastation, death, fear, and hatred around us with compassionate and prophetic love.

we grieve for a cycle of violence that seems never-ending, and for a world that values some lives more than others.

we grieve for the dead and accompany in prayer and love all those who mourn the loss of life and security.

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PDF icon Praying with the South Sudan Council of Churches
A prayer of solidarity with the South Sudan Council of Churches
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September 19, 2016
Thanks to your generosity, over $27,000 has been raised for relief and reconstruction efforts in Ecuador.
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March 24, 2017
Your generous gifts support partners’ response the needs of displaced Syrians and Iraqis who have taken refuge in Jordan.
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March 27, 2017

The United Church of Canada cares for refugees because we believe that sharing God’s love is our prime purpose. We believe that justice is the public face of God’s love, and work to share God’s love on a personal, local and global level. 

I see the face of God in refugees’ faces: those claiming protection, resettled, warehoused in urban ghettos or camps the size of small cities. Refugees embody the world’s brokenness. The image of a refugee child sheltering in a cattle’s shed or lifeless on a shore, cuts to the heart of God’s justice. To quell the hurt, I must respond. 

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PDF icon Service of Prayer Following a Natural Disaster
Prayers and worship ideas in response to a natural disaster
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September 28, 2016
Moderator calls on United Church people to respond to the needs of Syrians seeking refuge and assistance.
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October 28, 2016
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35 The United Church of Canada extends its deepest condolences to those mourning the tragic deaths of Syrian refugees Aylan Kurdi (three years old), his brother Galip (five years old), and their mother, Reham. We pray also for the thousands of others from various countries who have also died or lost relatives as they risked their lives in search of...
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September 28, 2016
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...
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April 10, 2017
United Church people have reached a milestone in caring: $1 million donated to the church’s appeal for Syria Relief.
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April 10, 2017
People across Africa are facing extreme drought. A principal cause is one of the most powerful El Nino events in recent history. Almost 24 million people in Africa could need food assistance soon. According to the World Food Programme, about 14 million people in southern African countries including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, and Swaziland will need food assistance this...

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PDF icon Where is Love? (lyrics)
A song by Joe Ramsay and Peter Woods written for GC41 2012.
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April 10, 2017

In the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed homes, farms, communities, and livelihoods in November 2013. Immediately after the storm, Mission & Service partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) began working with affected communities to meet emergency needs for shelter, food, and water.

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September 28, 2016
Thanks to your faithful and generous support, as of September 2015 the United Church has contributed almost $400,000 to support Mission & Service partners such as ACT Alliance and the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) responding to the crisis in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. In addition to providing humanitarian relief, our partners have used the funds to provide 2,200 food parcels for...