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...
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...
Many have paused recently to reflect on the anniversary of the two earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015. United Church people have demonstrated their faithfulness and compassion over the last year by contributing 3,500 donations totalling $863,000 to support recovery and rehabilitation programs on the ground in Nepal. On behalf of ACT Alliance and its implementing partners in Nepal...
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...
Our failure to care for creation continues to cause pain and suffering beyond imagining.
lush lands are becoming barren;
water is becoming scarce;
soil is eroding;
livestock are dying;
and people are in growing need of food assistance.
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
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.
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...
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 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...
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.
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...