The Ethiopian Community Development Council [ECDC] invites us to meet our new refugee neighbors in the American Thanksgiving tradition of family and friends enjoying favorite recipes and joy of community.
ECDC will host a family-friendly “First Thanksgiving” where the interfaith community can meet newly arrived families and enjoy a true international potluck of culinary delights from refugee home countries and traditional American Thanksgiving foods on Sunday, November 20 from 4:00-8:00 P.M., at 903 S. Highland St, Arlington 22204.
Please RSVP with Wendy Chan ( ) or Norma Kacen ( ). Bring a dish to share and a warm welcome. If you can provide other forms support (e.g., transportation for refugee families, set up/ clean up, etc., cash donation) please let us know.
Refugee Initiative Status Update. Our Letter to the Editor that appeared online and in the October 13 issue of the Sun Gazette has brought an ongoing stream of contacts from community members looking for a way to help. Our work is being shared in the Falls Church News Press and across the Episcopal Church. We learned of a disconnect between people who were looking for a way to help and opportunities.
The NoVa Friends of Refugees (https://groups.google.com/d/forum/nova_welcomerefugees) is a local network, now close to 100 members and growing, that enables interested individuals to connect with each other and to share information, questions, and concerns. To join, please contact Wendy Chan.
The Episcopal Migration Ministries is in conversation with us on hosting a webcast on St. George’s refugee involvement to spread our model. Meetings with leaders of faith and NGO communities are helping us identify actions we can take and take together. See above for our November family-friendly event, a First Thanksgiving Dinner for refugees in partnership with ECDC.
Refugee Forum Series (June 2016)
The world is facing the greatest humanitarian displacement since World War II, and the interfaith community across religions and denominations is challenging people of faith to respond as our faiths teach us. In anticipation of the World Refugee Day (June 20, 2016), St George's hosted a three-part refugee forum series to facilitate a dialogue with the community on the challenges and opportunities in the global refugees crisis.
The forums speakers included refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Afghanistan, and refugee experts from UNHCR, the Department of State, USCCB, Church World Service, The Episcopal Church, and other prominent refugee services organizations.
Join Northern Virginia (NoVa) Friends of Refugees
Building on momentum of the summer refugee forums, St. George's is initiating a local community network to connect individuals with a desire to involve in refugee advocacy and resettlement work in Northern Virginia. This group will share resources and opportunities to promote immigrants and refugees issues. To join the mailing list, contact Wendy Chan ( ) or visit: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/nova_welcomerefugees