Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.
reprinted from the blog of the Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
I can count on one hand the number of times I have spent Christmas in my own home as an adult. We have shared that day with grandparents and other family. In a pre-Amazon era, we hid presents among the luggage and spent those days on the road just like Joseph and Mary. But of course I knew that my bed was there to welcome me when it was all over.
Right now the United Nations says there are more than 60 million people displaced ...
Humanitarian crises such as the one in Syria do not have humanitarian solutions; they have political solutions.
Almost 60 million men, women, and children displaced by crises around the world.
Children make up over 50% of our displaced sisters and brothers.
More than 4 million Syrians have become refugees since 2011.
Over 7 million Syrians are internally displaced.
Refugees generally want to return home; the average refugee experience is 17 years.
These were some of the challenging realities discussed by a seminar group from the Presbytery of Long Island. An intergenerational group of about 60 Presbyterians from at least 8 ...
by Nathan Jumper
The United Nations General Assembly has designated June 20 as World Refugee Day. This day is set aside in order to remember the massive numbers of people who are forcibly removed from their homes everyday.
That the treatment of refugees remains a pervasive and urgent humans rights issue is reflected in Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remark from 2014:
Around the world, conflict has forced a record number of people to flee ...
Humanitarian workers in Darfur and elsewhere
Pray for those who work to bring relief to those in war torn areas. Inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts and guide the nations of the world toward the day when all will rejoice in a world of justice and peace. Pray for the humanitarian workers throughout the world and especially for those presently in Darfur. Their cause is noble. Pray for those who have given their lives for the sake of others. On July 7, two non-governmental organization workers in South Darfur were killed during a violent incident between government troops ...
by Anna Folz
Look with mercy on those who are fleeing from danger, are homeless and hungry. Watch over refugees and victims of war. Look after those who have been separated from their loved ones, their homes and the communities that they have grown to know and love. Watch over those who have been forced to flee from the places in which they feel safe and secure. Pray for those who have fled and now suffer the frustration and pain of refugee status. Pray for those who are presently in the Congo, seeking refuge from violence in their homelands. Watch ...