Migrant and Refugee Sunday is June 9 but can be held any Sunday

New resources for observing Migrant and Refugee Sunday are now available. Consider how you might use some of these resources in the weeks of June:

  • On Pentecost Sunday, June 9, we hear a story of how diverse peoples, from the far reaches of the earth, are gathered into one people and speak one language through the gift of God’s Spirit.
  • On World Refugee Day, June 20, celebrations throughout the United States and the world commemorate the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict, and persecution.
  • June 9 is designated as Children’s Day; June 16 is observed as Father’s Day. Both days are times to consider families who are on the move and to respond to Christ’s call to care for all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The all-new resources for Migrant and Refugee Sunday include commentaries written by former refugees for preaching on the lessons for Pentecost, a Pentecost/World Refugee Day Litany, Prayer Petitions for June, and other worship and education materials that will be updated each month. Check out the LIRS website to find images, language, and stories to enrich and support your congregation’s call to welcome the stranger and to celebrate our oneness in the body of Christ.

LIRS invites you and your congregation to infuse new meaning into the phrase welcome the stranger. Join us in celebrating the resilience and courage of refugees and migrants in America — and in your own community!

Read a special message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and  Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President & CEO of LIRS.