Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Office of Mission and Outreach has received a large number of inquiries on how to support and respond the current Syrian refugee crisis. Please find below a number of links to resources and information regarding current efforts within The Episcopal Church.

Resources and Information:

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As Congress is working on a funding bill that they must pass by December 18th to keep the government open, make your voice heard NOW! Tell Congress to say NO to any policy riders that would stop, pause or defund the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

Dial 1-866-961-4293. Use the sample script below to voice your support for refugee resettlement:

Sample script: “I’m a constituent from [City] and I support Syrian refugees. I am opposed to any bill or provision in the upcoming funding bill that would stop or halt the resettlement of refugees based on their nationality or religion. I urge the Senator / Representative / Governor to represent me and other constituents who seek to welcome Syrian refugees.”

  • Engage Online

Tweet at your elected officials. Find a list of the Twitter handles of your Members of Congress here. Then use the sample tweet below to show that you are a part of a welcoming community:

“.@REPRESENTATIVE or @SENATOR or @GOVERNOR, Our community is ready to welcome #Syrian #refugees. #RefugeesWelcome #AmericaWelcomes!"

Follow @EMMRefugees and @TheEPPN to stay up to date on this issue.

Resources Mentioned in the Webinar

If you would like to receive "10 Best Practices for Congregations Engaging in Refugee Resettlement Ministry," "Gifts Discernment," and "Checklist for Congregations," please email Allison Duvall, aduvall@episcopalchurch.org, with your name, the congregation you represent, and your diocese.

If you are interested in learning more and receiving updates from the The Office of Mission and Outreach please contact Buck Blanchard, Director, Mission and Outreach, at bblanchard@thediocese.net or (804) 643-8451 x1016, or Mary Anne Bryant, Assistant, Mission and Outreach, at mabryant@thediocese.net or (804) 643-8451 x1017.