Celebrate World Refugee Day
The Office of Social Justice, the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue, and World Renew invite you and your congregation to recognize World Refugee Day throughout the month of June by celebrating the contributions of refugees to your community and remembering the plight of refugees around the world in prayer and calls to action. World Refugee Day is usually marked on June 20, but whenever you choose to celebrate and remember, we hope these resources can be useful to you. Download the toolkit here.
Advocate for Refugee Resettlement
It is important for our elected leaders to recognize and uphold refugee resettlement as a crucial response to those fleeing violence and persecution. Without support from our elected officials in creating just and welcoming refugee resettlement policies, it is difficult to fulfill our biblical call to welcome the stranger and defend the vulnerable. That is why it is so important for people like you to speak up in support of a strong and inclusive refugee resettlement program.
For advocacy opportunities in the U.S. visit our Action Center here.
For advocacy opportunities in Canada, visit our partners at Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue.
Sponsor a Refugee
For decades now, CRC members have discovered the face of Christ among those seeking refuge—and the story continues. Read stories of CRC congregations and members all around the U.S. and Canada welcoming, helping to resettle, and being blessed by refugees in our Welcoming Refugees project!
Host a Journey With Me workshop in your church
Whether you're from Canada or the U.S., this toolkit is full of resources to help you work with your refugee neighbours for justice--from worship resources to book recommendations to ideas for hosting and welcoming refugees. The cornerstone of the toolkit is Journey with Me, a 90-minute interactive workshop that helps participants imagine the challenges refugees face in Canada today by using true stories of refugees. When we think of refugees, we often hear the biblical call to “welcome the stranger.” And welcoming the stranger is a good first step. But in this increasingly interconnected world, these strangers are our neighbours, and we need each other. When one part of a community struggles, the entire community is incomplete. Click here to learn more.
Host Church Between Borders workshop in your church (U.S.)
Church Between Borders is an interactive workshop that helps participants understand the process of applying for refugee status, the brokenness of the U.S. immigration system, immigration policy throughout U.S. history, and how we can advocate for a more just system. The workshop brings people from many perspectives together to engage with immigration from a biblical perspective. Click here to learn more.