World Refugee Day: Virtual Prayer Vigil
Sunday, June 20, 2021, 6:00 PM
from the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs,
May 10, 2021
Offering solidarity and support for refugees worldwide, Episcopal Migration Ministries will host a virtual prayer vigil for World Refugee Day on Sunday, June 20, 7–8 p.m. ET / 6-7 p.m. CT. All are welcome to join this gathering in recognition of those forced to leave their homes and seek new beginnings elsewhere.
The prayer vigil, broadcast on Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Facebook, will offer a time of prayer, reflection, and celebration in honor of refugees around the globe. A downloadable vigil order of service will be available here. The vigil will be available on-demand following the event.
The United Nations designated June 20 as international World Refugee Day in recognition of the courage and strength of people who must flee their home country to escape conflict. First held in 2001, World Refugee Day “is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives,” according to the UN Refugee Agency.
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), a ministry of The Episcopal Church, is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government. Episcopal Migration Ministries has 12 affiliate offices in 10 states. In 2020, it helped resettle 1,121 individuals from 29 countries. In addition to its long-standing work in refugee resettlement ministry, Episcopal Migration Ministries is The Episcopal Church’s convening place for collaboration, education, and information-sharing on migration.
To directly support EMM and its life-changing work, visit www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/give or text ‘EMM’ to 41444 (standard messaging and data may rates apply).