Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement.
The theme of Refugee Week 2021, ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, is an invitation to extend your hand to someone new. Someone who is outside your current circle, has had an experience you haven’t, or is fighting for a cause you aren’t yet involved in.
Refugee Week’s vision is for refugees and asylum seekers to be able to live safely within inclusive and resilient communities, where they can continue to make a valuable contribution. You can find out more about Refugee Week here.
Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders
A core value of my faith is to welcome the stranger, the refugee, the internally displaced, the other. I shall treat him or her as I would like to be treated. I will challenge others, even leaders in my faith community, to do the same. Together with faith leaders, faith-based organizations and communities of conscience around the world, I affirm: I will welcome the stranger Continue reading
Saturday 20th June is World Refugee Day
World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.
A Prayer of Mercy for Refugees
Abba Father, our beloved Father, look down with mercy on us and all refugees. Remember your son, our Lord Jesus Christ had to leave his homeland and flee to Egypt, when he was a baby, with his mother, Mary, and foster father, Joseph.
Help us to be aware of the fears, anxiety, pain, sorrow, difficulties and uncertainly all refugees suffer, and to remember that we all belong to the same human family.
Holy Spirit, give us compassion and courage to them in any way we can. Amen.
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us. St Joseph, pray for us. (Diana Ng-Sutherland, CAFOD).