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Since Russia invaded Ukraine late last month, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has committed rapid response solidarity grants to five ecumenical partners in Eastern and Central Europe addressing the humanitarian crisis created by the unprovoked attack.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has entered into a covenant agreement with the Synod of the Sun and its 11 presbyteries for coordinated disaster response.
While the misery and devastation millions of Ukrainians are facing currently dominate the headlines, broadcasts and many podcasts, the Rev. Edwin González-Castillo, who coordinates Presbyterian Disaster Assistance response in Latin America and the Caribbean, continues to see the long-term effects of natural disasters and the spike in refugees that’s resulted.
A few Sundays ago, the Rev. Brad Sheppard, pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, received an email from the church’s accompanist, Diana Chubak, a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Earlier that day, Sheppard had asked Chubak to suggest organizations to support in the wake of the Russian invasion of her native Ukraine.
Asked during Monday’s Between Two Pulpits broadcast to discuss the need that’s on the hearts and minds of people around the world — the care and safety of millions of Ukrainian refugees and displaced people — Susan Krehbiel said what we often forget is that those who have fled the fighting “just want to go home. In these early days of war, people want to stay as close to home as possible. Once you are separated, it can be really hard to be reunited.”
Before delivering a talk to end Church World Service’s Together We Welcome Conference on Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson delivered one of her many published poems to the online audience of about 300 people.
The importance of faith communities standing in the gap for asylum seekers was driven home during a national immigration conference hosted by Church World Service (CWS).
From 2017 until last year, refugee resettlement in the United States suffered “death by a thousand cuts,” says Angie Plummer, Executive Director of Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS).
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has seen weather patterns change during this era of growing concern about the impact of climate change on the planet.
More than 300 people are attending this weekend’s Together We Welcome conference put on by Church World Service, which counts the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a sustaining sponsor of the online conference.