June 20th and June 27th.

World Refugee Sunday

June 20th is World Refugee Day, and shortly after it was established the World Evangelical Alliance declared the Sundays before and after June 20th to be observed as World Refugee Sunday. This year World Refugee Sunday falls on June 20th and June 27th.

World Refugee Sunday is a wonderful opportunity for local churches, small groups and others to demonstrate their common concern for the welfare and protection of the world’s forcibly displaced people. WEA partners and the Refugee Highway Partnership (RHP) have developed the resources on this site to help you promote and observe this important day. Under the theme “Embrace”, this year’s World Refugee Sunday focuses on the Christian calling to embrace those excluded, just as Jesus received the excluded.

We also encourage you to use the #WorldRefugee Sunday and #RefugeeHighway to share what you are doing, in order to encourage and inspire others to join in.

On World Refugee Sunday would your church consider highlighting the challenges daily faced by refugees; and what it means to welcome the stranger? 

World Refugee Sunday National Resources


Global RHP

https://wrs.worldea.org

Belgium 

Gave Veste

https://gaveveste.be/vluchtelingengebedszondag/ 

World Refugee Sunday Order of Worship: Vluchtelingengebedszondag 2021 

Switzerland

Schwizerische Evangelische Allianz

https://www.each.ch/veranstaltung/fluechtlingssonntag-2021-gerechtigkeit-auf-der-flucht-2/

The Netherlands

GAVE

Refugee Prayer Week: https://www.gave.nl/steun-gave/bid-mee/vluchtelingengebedsweek 

United Kingdom

Welcome Churches

http://welcomechurches.org/refugeesunday

Video Resources

  1. Refugee Day – Every Action Counts UNHCR (January 2021) (3:04 minutes)
    UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi salutes the fortitude of refugees and the forcibly displaced many of whom have stepped up to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic despite their own hardships.
    https://youtu.be/AplbTZNRvxY

     

  2. How Do Migrants & Refugees Get to Europe? Four Major Paths Taken to Enter the EU – (February 1, 2021)
    https://youtu.be/7rLJ-5AR2EQ – 9 minutes
  3. 5 Years On – Images of the refugee crisis | Deutsche Well Documentary (September 4, 2020)
    These snapshots represent dramatic moments from the time when nearly a million refugees entered Germany in the summer of 2015. In this documentary the authors Bamdad Esmaili and Matthias Fuchs go in search of the stories behind the pictures.
    https://youtu.be/L-i5zj4u7fs – 45 minutes
  4. World Refugee Day 2020 Promo Video – June 20, 2020 (1:19 minutes)
    The World Refugee Day Is Observed Annually on June 20 Around The World. The Day Is an International Observance Which Is Dedicated to Raising Awareness Of The Situation Of Refugees Throughout The World.

    https://youtu.be/Rd_LdjBnCjc

  5. Syrian Refugee Crisis Explained – 2016 (2:37 minutes)
    Animated video about Syria and the forces which caused the European Refugee Crisis
    https://youtu.be/t_XWiyBMOkE

     

  6. What They Took With Them by UNHCR September 2016 (5:25 minutes)
    Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley Juliet Stevenson Peter Capaldi Stanley Tucci Chiwetel Ejiofor Kit Harington Douglas Booth Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman. The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them.
    https://youtu.be/xS-Q2sgNjl8 

  7. God’s Heart for the Foreigner” by Global Frontiers – May 2016 (5:12 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd4IEuPvQw8

     

  8. Kids Meet a Refugee – September 2018 (6:56 minutes)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GdDnbNpRNE

     

  9. The Journey of Refugee to Europe by Love Europe (3:56 minutes)
    Many people are on the run because of war or because of persecution. In this beautiful video we follow one family trying to find refuge in a new country.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRwQ010qw6E&t=10s  

      

  10. What Does It Mean to Be a Refugee – Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman – 2016 TedTalk (5:43 minutes)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25bwiSikRsI 

     

     

     

The European Evangelical Alliance, have produced a 30 minute film entitled ‘The Peace Between’. ‘The Peace Between’ is a short, professional film featuring 3 friendships between a European and an asylum seeker, or refugee.  Find out more info and resources in our Church Pack or go to: www.peacebetweendialogue.com 

Let us unite together as the Body of Christ to welcome over 65.6 million men, women and children who have been forcibly displaced.


Map of the Refugee HighwayPicture

IAFR designed this stunning and informative poster to raise awareness about the realities of the Refugee Highway and of our mandate to love the alien as we love ourselves. Perfect for churches, class  rooms, dorm rooms and the office.

Download the Map and the Discussion Questions.

Other Resources

Visit Our Partners’ Sites for More Resources:

Video Resources

  1. Refugee Day - Every Action Counts UNHCR (January 2021) (3:04 minutes)
    UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi salutes the fortitude of refugees and the forcibly displaced many of whom have stepped up to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic despite their own hardships.
    https://youtu.be/AplbTZNRvxY

     

  2. How Do Migrants & Refugees Get to Europe? Four Major Paths Taken to Enter the EU - (February 1, 2021)
    https://youtu.be/7rLJ-5AR2EQ - 9 minutes
  3. 5 Years On - Images of the refugee crisis | Deutsche Well Documentary (September 4, 2020)
    These snapshots represent dramatic moments from the time when nearly a million refugees entered Germany in the summer of 2015. In this documentary the authors Bamdad Esmaili and Matthias Fuchs go in search of the stories behind the pictures.
    https://youtu.be/L-i5zj4u7fs - 45 minutes
  4. World Refugee Day 2020 Promo Video - June 20, 2020 (1:19 minutes)
    The World Refugee Day Is Observed Annually on June 20 Around The World. The Day Is an International Observance Which Is Dedicated to Raising Awareness Of The Situation Of Refugees Throughout The World.

    https://youtu.be/Rd_LdjBnCjc

  5. Syrian Refugee Crisis Explained - 2016 (2:37 minutes)
    Animated video about Syria and the forces which caused the European Refugee Crisis
    https://youtu.be/t_XWiyBMOkE

     

  6. What They Took With Them by UNHCR September 2016 (5:25 minutes)
    Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley Juliet Stevenson Peter Capaldi Stanley Tucci Chiwetel Ejiofor Kit Harington Douglas Booth Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman. The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them.
    https://youtu.be/xS-Q2sgNjl8  
  7. God’s Heart for the Foreigner” by Global Frontiers - May 2016 (5:12 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd4IEuPvQw8

     

  8. Kids Meet a Refugee - September 2018 (6:56 minutes)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GdDnbNpRNE

     

  9. The Journey of Refugee to Europe by Love Europe (3:56 minutes)
    Many people are on the run because of war or because of persecution. In this beautiful video we follow one family trying to find refuge in a new country.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRwQ010qw6E&t=10s

  10. What Does It Mean to Be a Refugee - Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman - 2016 TedTalk (5:43 minutes)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25bwiSikRsI 

     

     

     

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