Study & Worship Materials
As a faith-based organization, EMM strives to create quality faith-based and other curricula and worship materials to teach, form, and equip faith communities and the wider community to welcome their newest neighbors with compassion, loving-kindness, and generosity of spirit.
- EMM Refugee Advent Prayer Vigil – In the Christian liturgical year, Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus, a time of prayerful yearning for Emmanuel, “God with us.” To honor and mark this holy time, EMM offers a prayer vigil, modeled off a ‘Blue Christmas’ prayer service, to invite prayer and reflection on Advent themes in a world being transformed by forced migration. Download EMM Refugee Prayer Vigil PDF or Word doc. EMM hosted a Virtual Advent Vigil, in partnership with the Asylum Ministry Network and Immigrant Detention Ministry Network, on Dec. 13, 2020. View the recording here.
- Epiphany Bible Study – The Season after Epiphany is important for EMM. Traditionally, it is in this season that we read the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 2, and learn why the Holy Family became refugees. EMM offers three four Bible studies based on Epiphany readings for Revised Common Lectionary Years B & C, one Bible study based on the Gospel of John, and one Bible study based on the Gospel of Mark. All are adaptable for any time of year. Request the 2021 Epiphany Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark. 2020 Epiphany Bible Study on the Gospel of John. Request the 2019 Year C Curriculum. Request the 2018 Year B Curriculum.
- Reflections on Stations of the Cross: During Lent 2020, Episcopal Migration Ministries offered an opportunity to journey the Stations of the Cross. A digital booklet and compilation of audio meditations is available for download.
- Refugee Sunday Toolkit – EMM offers a comprehensive toolkit that guides congregations through the process of planning and hosting a Refugee Sunday, including tips for additional activities to welcome the wider community into this special day. Request here.
- EMM Book Discussion Kits – We have an incredible opportunity to learn from the experiences of our immigrant siblings by reading their words and understanding their contexts. Episcopal Migration Ministries offers these book discussion kits as a way to empower local congregations, book clubs, and other groups to learn more about immigrant communities and individuals.
- Hometown Podcast – The Hometown podcast launched in February 2018 and began the third season in January 2020! We bring you interviews with men and women who were resettled to the US as refugees and tell their amazing stories. We give you history and current events surrounding the largest refugee crisis the world has ever known. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher, and find episodes and additional material on our blog.
- Love God, Love Neighbor – An intensive three-day training that equips participants to be advocates, allies, and ambassadors for refugees and the ministry of refugee resettlement. LGLN provides an in-depth exploration of the global displacement crisis, US refugee policy, the refugee resettlement process, faith-based advocacy for refugees, and organizing to welcome and support refugees in your home community. The training is expanding to include conversations about broader immigration issues, racial reconciliation and justice, and asset-based community development. We are actively seeking partners to help host these events. If you’d like to explore bringing LGLN to your community, diocese/province, or state, please contact us.
- Prayers of the People for Refugees & Displaced People – These beautiful Prayers of the People were composed specially for Episcopal Migration Ministries.
- Prayer for Refugees – from Church of the Mediator, Allentown, PA, Diocese of Bethlehem
Do you have study materials, prayers, or liturgies to share? Let us know!