Refugees and Immigrants
The plight of refugees around the globe is an ongoing concern for the United Church of Christ. Currently, the New Hampshire Conference is looking for new members for its Immigrant Mission Group. To learn more, visit the Immigrant Mission Group page. See also the NHCUCC Syrian Refugee Mission Group page for a list of books and resources for use in local churches.
European Refugee Crisis
At Union Congregational Church, UCC, on February 11, 2016, Becky Dennison Sakellariou gave a presentation on her experiences working with Middle Eastern refugees at the transit camps in Greece this past October and November. Sakellariou lives part of the year in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and part in Greece. She shared her knowledge and understanding of the region, its complex politics, the challenges of the present wave of migration throughout Europe, and the very human side — both tragic and heroic — of these events. Below are some links she shared with us that will lead you to ways of giving assistance to refugees or stories about refugees.
Opportunities for Giving
https://lostesthetic.wordpress.com (A young American woman’s wonderful blog about working on Lesbos)
http://www.amurtel.org/amurtel-greece-for-refugee-mothers-and-babies (A small group helping pregnant mothers and parents with small children)
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/10/22/world/europe/syrian-refugees.html?_r=0 (An excellent story of one family’s journey)
http://feminismandreligion.com/2015/11/02/crossing-the-sea-of-death-by-carol-p-christ/#more-21234 (Poignant writing by one of Sakellariou’s friends who lives on Lesbos)
http://www.ekathimerini.com/202802/article/ekathimerini/community/when-greeks-fled-to-syria (A story about Greeks who fled Greece for Syria in World War II)
http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/dutch-bicycles-given-to-syrian-refugees-camp-in-jordan-750614 (A story about bicycles donated from Holland to refugee camps)
Our deep thanks to Becky Dennison Sakellariou for sharing her experiences and knowledge with us.