Refugee Sunday is this Sunday! We are so energized and excited by all the celebrations happening across the country. If you haven’t yet, you can download the Refugee Sunday kit here. I’m pleased to share a guest blog post from our Manager for Congregational Outreach, Matt Herzberg:
Looking over the past few months leading up to Refugee Sunday, it seems like a bit of a blur.
We’ve talked a lot. From choosing hymns to scheduling speakers, from sharing stories of refugee families to discussing social media strategy: a lot of energy and time has been put into this upcoming Refugee Sunday. The efforts of your congregations are inspiring. We’ve done a lot of thinking. We’ve given consideration to the migration stories of Adam and Eve, David, Ruth, Jesus. We’ve challenged ourselves to consider unfamiliar experiences and thought about what relationship looks like. The efforts of your people is encouraging. And we’ve felt a lot, too. We’ve been heartbroken by our sympathy, joyful in our empathy, and experienced love in the process.
Thank you for being a part of this journey! If it is feeling like a blur to you at this point, as well, let us remember this:
Refugee Sunday is an opportunity: an opportunity to celebrate the work you are already doing in your community and an opportunity to advocate for our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters. For some of you, though, it is also an opportunity to challenge your church to think about the needs of your neighborhood and to start a new journey of becoming a welcoming community to migrants and refugees.
Thank you for everything going on this weekend in your communities. Continue the great work of welcoming the stranger and walking along side migrants and refugees.
If you haven’t signed up for the Refugee Sunday Kit, click here. You can download the kit and get exclusive materials. After your Refugee Sunday celebration, please share your experiences with Matt! You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.