June 20 is World Refugee Day (WRD), a day designated by the United Nations to honor and celebrate refugees around the world. World Refugee Day is an opportunity to highlight the journeys refugees face, their dreams and hopes for a better future, and our responsibility to advocate for pathways to protection for all people forced to flee home.

Join Episcopal Migration Ministries during the month of June as we celebrate World Refugee Day through education, dialogue, prayer, and advocacy.

EMM’s World Refugee Day Virtual Prayer Vigil downloadable service bulletin is available here

Webinars

Reflecting on The Geneva Convention: The State of Global Refugee Trends and Refugee Policy Today

Episcopal Migration Ministries and The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations hosted a webinar on the current state of refugees and refugee policy on Thursday, May 20, from 4:00 to 5:00PM ET. Recording available here.

Welcoming our Newest Neighbors: How Americans and the Episcopal Church Integrate Refugees into Their Communities

Episcopal Migration Ministries and The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations hosted a webinar about the refugee reception process on Tuesday, June 1, from 4:00 to 5:00PM ET. Recording available here.

No Longer Strangers: A Dialogue about Immigration

In the month of June, join The Episcopal Church’s Office of Ethnic Ministries, Episcopal Migration Ministries, and Forward Movement, for a conversation about No Longer Strangers: Exploring Immigration Issues. The event, offered in both English and Spanish, will include keynote presentations by Bishop Michael Buerkel Hunn (Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande) and Bishop Susan Brown Snook (Episcopal Diocese of San Diego). Attendees will receive advanced online access to a copy of No Longer Strangers: Exploring Immigration Issues.

No Longer Strangers: A Dialogue about Immigration
Meeting in English: June 15, 7:00 – 8:00PM EDT
Register here.

Ya no son extranjeros: Un conversación sobre inmigración
Meeting in Spanish: June 22, 7:00 – 8:00 PM EDT
Register here.

Repairing the Breach: Building Beloved Community through Welcome

Join EMM on Thursday, June 10 at 4PM ET for a panel discussion highlighting the work to rebuild the refugee resettlement program, perspectives from different faith traditions and practitioners, and the role of community support in providing welcome and integration to newly arrived refugees.

The 90-minute event will include a moderated panel discussion, followed by a question and answer session, with the following guests:

  • The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
  • Demetrio Alvero , Director of Operations for Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Dr. Heval Kelli, Cardiologist, co-founder and president of the Kurdish American Medical Association, and former refugee
  • Larry Bartlett, Director of the Office of Refugee Admissions, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State

Registration is required. Register here.

Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day

EMM will host a virtual prayer vigil for WRD on Sunday, June 20, 7:00 – 8:00 pm EST. The prayer vigil, broadcast on EMM’s Facebook, will offer a time of prayer, reflection, and celebration in honor of refugees worldwide. A downloadable vigil order of service will be available prior to the event.

Take Action
Special Edition World Refugee Day T-shirt & EMM Apparel Fundraiser

Join Episcopal Migration Ministries’ community this World Refugee Day, June 20, and proclaim that you are part of the welcoming movement. World Refugee Day is a time we celebrate the resilience, strength and diversity that refugees bring to our communities. In addition to our EMM logo apparel, we are offering a Love God, Love Neighbor tote bag and a Special Edition World Refugee Day t-shirt with art on the back of the shirt designed by Artist Ammar Alobaidi, a former refugee from Baghdad who lives in his adopted city of Houston, Texas. Purchase your very own EMM apparel or tote bag here.

An Evening in Support of EMM with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Iconographer Mr. Kelly Latimore

A special webinar highlighting the vital refugee work of Episcopal Migration Ministries will feature artist and iconographer Kelly Latimore in conversation with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

“The Work of Your Church: An Evening in Support of Episcopal Migration Ministries” will be at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 23, moderated by the Rev. Charles Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry beyond The Episcopal Church. Through the lens of religious iconography, the webinar will focus on the past, present and future work of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) in responding to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers.

An iconic poster produced in 1938 by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, titled In the Name of These Refugees, will guide discussion of EMM’s historic roots, which include serving new U.S. immigrants in the late 1800s and helping finance steamship passage in the 1930s for those fleeing Nazi Europe.

EMM’s current and future ministry will be depicted in a new commissioned work by the St. Louis-based Latimore, who has painted religious icons for 10 years. His works have featured prominently in recent years in Episcopal and Roman Catholic communities. In 2020, Latimore’s icon Mama, showing a Black Mary holding a crucified Black Jesus who resembles George Floyd, became a visible image at Black Lives Matter demonstrations, Christian Century magazine reported.

The 60-minute event will include a moderated panel discussion followed by a Q&A. Participants will be invited to donate to EMM’s life-saving resettlement and engagement work.

The event is free; all participants are required to register. Online registration can be found here.