Welcoming

Welcoming

Interfaith Mission Service, a partnership of organizations and congregations committed to building a beloved community, is establishing a task force in response to the world’s refugee crisis to help Huntsville achieve its goals of creating a more compassionate and inclusive community.

GOALS:
Educate our community.
Garner support for creating a more welcoming atmosphere.
Build foundation for helping refugees in the future.

 

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Progress Report on Welcoming | Mary and Joseph Packs
Huntsville Islamic Center and St. Thomas Youth Collaborate
Neema PowerPoint | Refugee Support in Chattanooga

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LIRS My Neighbor is Muslim | TIRRC Report Countering the Backlash | Welcoming the Stranger UNHCR
Local Congressional Visit Advocacy ToolkitRefugee Facts
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On this page you’ll find many resource links to explore.  If we all are working to make a difference in our organizations and congregations, then a difference will happen!

Resources for Congregations Seeking to Educate and spur their congregations to Help with World’s Refugee crisis:

Jewish
http://www.hias.org/resources

Lutheran
http://refugeesunday.lirs.org

Episcopal
http://www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/how_you_can_help/creating_welcome.aspx

Methodist
http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Programs/Refugees/Refugees

Church World Service—serving Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and other denominations
http://cwsglobal.org/our-work/%20you-can-help-syrian-refugees

UNHCR—For All Faiths—Principles of Welcoming the Stranger
http://www.unhcr.org/51b6de419.html

Video Resources by Faiths

Methodist
http://www.umcmission.org/learn-about-us/news-and-stories/2015/december/1218welcomestranger

Jewish
http://www.hias.org

Want to Learn More? 

Tackling Islamophobia
http://www.charterforcompassion.org/index.php/compassion-and-religion/islamophobia-guidebook

How You Can Help!
http://www.hias.org/global-refugee-crisis-how-you-can-help

Offices/Agencies/Coalitions dedicated to work with Refugees and Immigrants

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
http://www.tnimmigrant.org
(A group established in 2001 to advocate for immigrant rights and build leadership)

Refugee Council USA
http://www.rcusa.org
(A non-profit coalition of US based agencies committed to help world’s refugees)

Welcoming America
http://www.welcomingamerica.org
(National, grassroots-driven collaboration dedicated to promoting mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and US-born Americans)

UNHCR — The UN Refugee Agency
http://www.unhcr.org

Office of Refugee Resettlement
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr
(A division of the US Department of Health and Human Services)

 

Denominational Resources

Presbyterian:  https://pda.pcusa.org/page/world-refugee-day/

Methodist church:  https://shar.es/1Jq4LP

Episcopal Church:  http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/world-refugee-day

Church World Service:  http://cwsglobal.org/cws-offers-ways-to-commemorate-world-refugee-day-2013/

Baptist:  https://gobgr.org/news/news_detail/world-refugee-day-video

Roman Catholic:  http://www.usccb.org/about/resettlement-services/world-refugee-day.cfm

Lutheran: http://refugeesunday.lirs.org

Jewish:  http://www.hias.org/blog/six-books-make-your-world-refugee-day-more-meaningful