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Presentation given by Allison Duvall and Wendy Johnson at Global Episcopal Mission Network conference in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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  1. 1. #REFUGEESWELCOME The Episcopal Church’s Ministry of Refugee Resettlement
  2. 2. #REFUGEESWELCOME A g e n d a a t a G l a n c e 1. Objectives 2. Definitions: refugee, asylum-seeker, migrant, IDP 3. Global Refugee Crisis: Root Causes & Push Factors 4. Durable Solutions 5. Resettlement Countries 6. Coming to the United States 7. The United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) 8. Episcopal Migration Ministries
  3. 3. #REFUGEESWELCOME A g e n d a a t a G l a n c e 9. How Can You Help? Advocacy • Advocacy - Issues & Action • The Episcopal Church's Ministry of Advocacy 10.How Can You Help? Mission and Service • Gifts Discernment • Services and Activities in Welcome & Integration • Creating and Living into Your Mission Plan 11.How Can You Help? Give 12.Q&A
  4. 4. #REFUGEESWELCOME O b j e c t i v e s • Define refugee, asylum-seeker, internally displaced person; understand international protections for refugees and asylum- seekers • Appreciate complexity of global refugee crisis, populations effected, push factors, refugee-hosting and resettlement countries • Awareness of many actors – international, federal, NGO – involved in refugee response abroad and resettlement domestically, including Episcopal Migration Ministries • Understand how to be involved in advocacy for refugees and resettlement to your elected officials and how to join the Episcopal Public Policy Network • Have the tools to begin to explore how you – individually and collectively – can be involved in the ministry of welcome
  5. 5. #REFUGEESWELCOME D e f i n i t i o n s Who is a refugee?
  6. 6. #REFUGEESWELCOME C r i s i s b y t h e n u m b e r s The Current Global Refugee Crisis
  7. 7. #REFUGEESWELCOME W h e r e d o r e f u g e e s c o m e f r o m ?
  8. 8. #REFUGEESWELCOME D u r a b l e S o l u t i o n s & R e s e t t l e m e n t C o u n t r i e s
  9. 9. #REFUGEESWELCOME D u r a b l e S o l u t i o n s & R e s e t t l e m e n t C o u n t r i e s Durable Solutions • Repatriation​ • Local integration • Resettlement in a third country Resettlement Countries United States is the international leader. In addition, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) are traditional resettlement countries. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Iceland, Ireland and the United Kingdom are newer resettlement countries, with smaller programs.
  10. 10. #REFUGEESWELCOME C o m i n g t o t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s
  11. 11. # R E F U G E E S W E L C O M E S e c u r i t y S c r e e n i n g P r o c e s s
  12. 12. #REFUGEESWELCOME S c r e e n i n g P r o c e s s
  13. 13. #REFUGEESWELCOME U n i t e d S t a t e s R e f u g e e A d m i s s i o n s P r o g r a m
  14. 14. #REFUGEESWELCOME L o c a l R e s e t t l e m e n t A g e n c i e s
  15. 15. #REFUGEESWELCOME E p i s c o p a l M i g r a t i o n M i n i s t r i e s
  16. 16. #REFUGEESWELCOME E p i s c o p a l M i g r a t i o n M i n i s t r i e s
  17. 17. #REFUGEESWELCOME E p i s c o p a l M i g r a t i o n M i n i s t r i e s
  18. 18. #REFUGEESWELCOME E p i s c o p a l C h u r c h ’s M i n i s t r y o f A d v o c a c y How can we help refugees? Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN)
  19. 19. #REFUGEESWELCOME E p i s c o p a l C h u r c h ’s M i n i s t r y o f A d v o c a c y What is the EPPN? The EPPN is a grassroots network of Episcopalians dedicated to striving for justice & peace. Why should I join? • Our Baptismal Covenant calls us to “strive for justice & peace” and “respect the dignity of all human beings.” • The time is now. • Your faith voice makes a difference. • A community of advocacy. Sign up for EPPN action alerts: http://tinyurl.com/JoinEPPN Lacy Broemel lbroemel@episcopalchurch.org 202-547-7300
  20. 20. States where anti-refugee legislation has been introduced #REFUGEESWELCOME E p i s c o p a l C h u r c h ’s M i n i s t r y o f A d v o c a c y
  21. 21. Civic Engagement #EpiscopaliansVote advocacy.episcopalchurch.org #REFUGEESWELCOME E p i s c o p a l C h u r c h ’s M i n i s t r y o f A d v o c a c y
  22. 22. How Can You Help? Mission & Service #REFUGEESWELCOME H o w C a n Yo u H e l p ?
  23. 23. #REFUGEESWELCOME L o c a l R e s p o n s e
  24. 24. World Refugee Day is June 20 A time to celebrate & recommit to our call to welcome the stranger #REFUGEESWELCOME Wo r l d R e f u g e e D a y
  25. 25. #REFUGEESWELCOME Wo r l d R e f u g e e D a y
  26. 26. #REFUGEESWELCOME G i f t s D i s c e r n m e n t The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. Frederick Buechner
  27. 27. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. - 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 • Asset-based approach vs. needs-based approach • Greater understanding of your community of faith/group, of yourself, of the unique way in which you can offer God’s love to the world in mission • Your “lens” is a theology of abundance • Mission for the sake of equipping and empowering your partners and those you serve; for the purpose of creating sustainable and lasting positive change. #REFUGEESWELCOME G i f t s D i s c e r n m e n t
  28. 28. • Gifts Discernment Activities • 10 Best Practices for Congregations Engaging in Refugee Resettlement Ministry • Checklist for Congregations • Called to Transformation: www.calledtotransformation.org Available by request – aduvall@episcopalchurch.org. #REFUGEESWELCOME G i f t s D i s c e r n m e n t Resources to Discern, Prepare, and Plan
  29. 29. #REFUGEESWELCOME G i f t s D i s c e r n m e n t
  30. 30. #REFUGEESWELCOME S e r v i c e s & A c t i v i t i e s i n We l c o m e & I n t e g r a t i o n How do we welcome new Americans? • Welcome begins before refugees arrive • Arranging decent safe and sanitary housing • Furniture (need not be new, but in good condition), cleaning supplies, toiletries • Seasonal clothing and clothing for work • Welcome at arrival • Greeting refugees at the airport • Ready to eat and culturally appropriate meal upon arrival • Welcome and orientation to their new community Photo: Exodus Refugee, Episcopal Migration Ministries • Case management: Assistance applying for social security card, enrollment in English language programs, employment services • Ensure every refugee has health assessment within 30 days of arrival • Transportation assistance • Assistance with filing with family overseas
  31. 31. #REFUGEESWELCOME S e r v i c e s & A c t i v i t i e s i n We l c o m e & I n t e g r a t i o n • Cultural Orientation, English, Citizenship classes • Mentors for Vocational Pathways (New American Pathways, Atlanta) • Young Adult Leadership • Weaving, Sewing, and Art Therapy Circles • Children’s Choirs • Community Gardens • Hosting classes, refugee community worship services, programming and other agency activities in your building • Inviting new Americans to community activities – introducing them to festivals, museums, zoos, fairs • Donation of church bus or other vehicles • Offering low-cost housing options • Existing Church/Diocesan Ministries: summer camps, literacy programs, food pantries and clothing closets Creative Programs and Partnerships
  32. 32. • Financial donations to local resettlement agencies • Supplies – Welcome Baskets, winter coats, pantry items, school supplies, pots & pans, sheets, blankets, etc. • Time – volunteer • Episcopal Relief & Development #REFUGEESWELCOME H o w C a n Yo u H e l p ? S t e w a r d s h i p Photo: Felicity Handford
  33. 33. #REFUGEESWELCOME Q & A
  34. 34. #REFUGEESWELCOME F o l l o w - U p Allison Duvall Manager for Church Relations & Engagement aduvall@episcopalchurch.org, (212) 716-6027 Wendy Johnson Communications Manager wjohnson@episcopalchurch.org, (202) 716-6143 www.episcopalchurch.org Episcopal Migration Ministries www.episcopalchurch.org/emm Facebook: www.facebook.com/EMMRefugees Twitter: @EMMRefugees Video: www.vimeo.com/EMMRefugees
  35. 35. #REFUGEESWELCOME We l c o m e t h e S t r a n g e r

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