Emergencies

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

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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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March 12, 2019
Minister Bibeau has announced up to $10 million in emergency humanitarian assistance for Palestinian refugees.

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Binary Data Day of Prayer to End Famine | Canadian Foodgrains Bank
On June 10, 2018, join Christians around the world and pray for people suffering from severe hunger with these prayers and words for worship.
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January 3, 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.

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March 12, 2019

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

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March 12, 2019
Respond to the extreme hunger crisis with people of faith around the world through prayer, reflection, and action.
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October 1, 2018
Offer your love, concern, and prayers for the millions facing extreme hunger and commit to becoming advocates of change.
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September 24, 2018

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.

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March 1, 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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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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June 11, 2018

A prayer for those affected by the British Columbia wildfires.

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March 12, 2019

A prayer for the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

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March 12, 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...

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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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August 20, 2018
Moderator calls on United Church people to respond to the needs of Syrians seeking refuge and assistance.
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March 12, 2019
Thank you to all those who supported relief efforts for those affected by the 2017 Caribbean hurricanes and earthquakes.
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March 12, 2019
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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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.
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March 21, 2019

When the rains come down,
and the winds circle around,
it can be cause for joy,
God of all creation.

But, when the winds are so high,
that they rip roofs off of homes,
and the water pours down in torrents,
there is no joy,
only loss
and death.

We pray for those killed
when Cyclone Idai battered
Mozambique, Malawi & Zimbabwe.
We pray the survivors,
clinging to trees and high places,
away from the high waters,
waiting for rescue.

We pray for those who are doing...