World Refugee Day 2016

In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly established June 20 as World Refugee Day to recognize and applaud the contribution of refugees throughout the world and to raise awareness about the growing refugee crisis. Episcopalians are invited to celebrate World Refugee Day with an event, prayer service, or other activity.

Here are some ways you can be involved:

  • Host a #RefugeesWelcome dinner to support new Americans living in your community. Organizing details and ideas.
  • Watch the Episcopal Migration Ministries and Episcopal Public Policy Network #RefugeesWelcome World Refugee Day planning webinar.
  • Join Episcopal Migration Ministries and Episcopal Public Policy Network for a World Refugee Day educational webinar at 7 pm Eastern on June 20 to learn more about the refugee crisis, U.S. resettlement, and how you can be involved in creating a welcoming community for new Americans. Register here. 
  • Celebrate World Refugee Day with your congregation. Plan a special event. Use the World Refugee Day worship materials and bulletin inserts on Sunday, June 19.
  • Follow Episcopal Migration Ministries and Episcopal Public Policy Network on Facebook and Twitter and watch for social media posts supporting #RefugeesWelcome and the innovative #MyNameIs campaign to support welcome and hospitality for refugees.
  • Use the interactive map below to find a World Refugee Day event in your area, including one of several #RefugeesWelcome dinners across the country. If you would like to submit an event to be included in the map, email Wendy Johnson (
  • Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network to learn more about how you can work with local and elected leaders to support refugees.

If you have any questions or need additional information or resources, contact Wendy Johnson, Communications Manager for Episcopal Migration Ministries, at 212-716-6143.


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