Emergencies

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

Published on: 
February 20, 2019
Last updated: 
February 26, 2019
In the response to devastating disasters in the Asia Pacific region, United Church people have given over $23,000 since October 2018 toward ecumenical humanitarian relief efforts.

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PDF icon Bulletin Insert: Cyclone Idai
A bulletin insert including a prayer and information related to Cyclone Idai
Published on: 
March 16, 2018
Last updated: 
March 12, 2019
Minister Bibeau has announced up to $10 million in emergency humanitarian assistance for Palestinian refugees.
Last updated: 
September 9, 2019

A prayer by Alydia Smith for those affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Last updated: 
August 13, 2019

On the night of October 3, 2016, Hurricane Matthew tore through the southwest region of Haiti. Powerful winds and torrential rain washed away fields, livestock, and homes and ripped roofs off houses, churches, and schools. The only bridge linking the region to the rest of the country was destroyed. Suddenly, farmers who had been exporting agricultural produce could no longer feed even their own families.

Last updated: 
March 12, 2019

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

Last updated: 
August 26, 2019

A prayer for those affected by the tornadoes that touched land in the Ottawa and Gatineau regions, and the storm across northeastern Ontario and Quebec, by the Right Rev. Richard Bott.

Last updated: 
June 20, 2019

Since 2012, Jordan has received over 1.5 million refugees. Large numbers of Syrian and Iraqi refugees have sought safety in the country. The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC)-Jordan is part of the ongoing response to this crisis.

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File Jesus Was a Refugee
A poem/hymn text by John Wesley Oldham, Winnipeg.

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File Prayer for All Affected by the East Japan Earthquake
This prayer is used at the Mizonokuchi Church in the city of Kawasaki, a part of Kanagawa Prefecture and of the Kanagawa District of the United Church of Christ in Japan. Translation by Rob Witmer.
Last updated: 
August 1, 2019

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

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March 12, 2019

A prayer for the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

Last updated: 
April 15, 2019

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...

Last updated: 
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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Published on: 
March 12, 2019
Last updated: 
March 12, 2019
Thank you to all those who supported relief efforts for those affected by the 2017 Caribbean hurricanes and earthquakes.
Published on: 
March 12, 2019
Last updated: 
March 12, 2019
United Church people have given $86,000 towards humanitarian relief in Cox’s Bazar and Kutupalong, the largest refugee camp in the world.
Last updated: 
September 9, 2019

A prayer in response to Cyclone Idai by the Right Rev. Richard Bott.