Toolbox – May 2019

Resources for World Refugee Awareness

Plan a Refugee Awareness Sunday Using special liturgy, scripture, music, and stories.

Learn about refugees: Find Facts, stories, pictures and videos here:

Attend an event during World Refugee Week

Host the Refuge Lansing exhibit with area stores and pictures presented through display boards, books and website. http://www.refugelansing.us/

Collaborative groups-follow them on Facebook or sign up for emails

  • All Faith Alliance for Refugees (AFAR) connects the area refugee support agencies with the faith communities through emails and events.
  • Immigrant and Refugee Resettlement Coalition (IRRC)—connects area refugee support agencies with community leaders such as schools, health department, employers, landlords

Learn the needs and help local refugee related agencies in Mid-Michigan. Check out their websites for stories and facts to share. Follow them on Facebook. Invite directors to speak at your church or schedule a visit.

Advocate with lawmakers on behalf of refugee resettlement

Plan a Bible Study

Read about historic support from faith groups in the U.S. for refugees and recent decline among some white Christians, “Religion and refugees are deeply entwined in the US,” Dr. Stephanie Nawyn, MSU. https://theconversation.com/religion-and-refugees-are-deeply-entwined-in-the-us-105923

Agencies that serve refugees in Mid-Michigan are eager to answer questions and to meet with congregations. Here are some helpful contacts:

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