Emergencies

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

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October 18, 2017

A prayer offered in response to unfolding events in Somalia. 

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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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PDF icon Bulletin Insert: Caribbean Hurricanes
A bulletin insert detailing United Church and partner efforts in areas affected by the Caribbean hurricanes.

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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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July 26, 2017

Ask the federal government to take immediate steps to respond to the hunger crisis in parts of Africa and the Middle East.

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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 16, 2018
Your generous gifts help United Church partners provide a wide range of life-saving assistance.
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March 21, 2018
Minister Bibeau has announced up to $10 million in emergency humanitarian assistance for Palestinian refugees.
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December 14, 2017

The widespread displacement of people is a crisis around the world. In 2014 the United Nations High Commission for Refugees reported 19.5 million refugees—those fleeing their homes across international borders—and 38.2 million internally displaced people—those who remain within their own country but cannot return to their homes. Throughout 2015, many more undocumented people were displaced as refugees or were internally displaced due to natural disasters, including here in Canada. More than half of refugees and displaced people are under the age of 18.

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April 9, 2018
Thank you for your generous and compassionate support of The United Church of Canada’s Extreme Hunger Appeal
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September 20, 2017

A prayer for all those who are being affected by extreme weather events.

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April 6, 2018
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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November 1, 2017
The Canadian government has announced that it will match eligible donations designated for responding to needs of the Rohingya people.
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April 9, 2018
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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August 30, 2017

Please join the Aboriginal Ministries Circle of the United Church in prayer for First Nations communities in northern Manitoba and elsewhere being evacuated due to forest fires.

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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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February 21, 2018

A prayer for those affected by the drought in Africa.

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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

A prayer for those affected by the British Columbia wildfires.

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March 2, 2018

You were a refugee, seeking safety and freedom, and we did not welcome you...

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April 11, 2018

A prayer for the International Day of Prayer for Global Hunger

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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.

we confess that we who profess to follow Jesus have been unable or unwilling to obey the...

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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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March 16, 2018

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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October 18, 2017
The United Church is contributing to relief efforts by supporting food assistance programs through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
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January 31, 2018
Moderator calls on United Church people to respond to the needs of Syrians seeking refuge and assistance.
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September 29, 2017
Thank you to the people of the United Church who have responded to the Extreme Hunger Appeal, with contributions totalling over $700,000.
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April 9, 2018
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.