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January 23, 2014

Sal Rubino’s family came to the United States as immigrants from Italy, and he grew up with the story of how hard work and perseverance made a better life possible in America. Rubino and his wife Cindy own and operate The Caf...

January 23, 2014

On a recent cold, snowy night, a group of parishioners and refugee supporters gathered at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky, to witness a heart-warming performance. The Kentucky Refugee Children’s choir – formed...

January 23, 2014

As we journey through the holy season of Epiphany, we at Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) are given pause to reflect on our call to the ministry of refugee resettlement. The image of the Holy Family in EMM’s logo takes on new...

January 23, 2014

When you speak with refugees about their initial experiences resettling in the United States, one of the first things they often describe is the difficult adjustment to a new climate. For newcomers from Africa, the Middle East, and other...

November 26, 2013

Refugee children who are new to the United States encounter many of the same challenges as adults. They must acclimate to a new culture, new surroundings, and in many cases, a new way of interacting with those around them. Many refugee...

November 26, 2013

A recent study conducted by the Partnership for a New American Economy revealed that communities experience higher home values and a stronger manufacturing sector – among other benefits – as a result of immigrants living...

November 26, 2013

October 2 was a happy day in the Lexington, Kentucky, offices of Kentucky Refugee Ministries. A visit from a supportive hiring manager from an environmental services firm ended with seven of the agency’s refugee clients...

November 26, 2013

Researchers and leaders in a number of cities around the country are speaking out about the multifaceted benefits refugees and immigrants have had on their communities in recent weeks. A comprehensive study conducted in Cleveland, Ohio,...

November 26, 2013

The stories in this newsletter all demonstrate the power of opportunity, of seizing the moment when it presents itself. In Lexington, Kentucky, refugees are realizing the opportunity represented by a new job. In Tucson, Arizona, an...

September 5, 2013

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would overhaul the country’s immigration system, leading to many important reforms for immigrants and refugees. Now, it’s the House’s turn to tackle Comprehensive...

September 5, 2013

When Nevena Peluga arrived in North Carolina in 1995, she spoke almost no English and was forced to enter a new culture and quickly find work, all while supporting her two sons. Her lost career as an attorney was not among her most...

September 5, 2013

The numbers and headlines can stack up in a way that feels overwhelming. Conflict in the Congo. Devastation in Syria. Renewed sectarian violence in Iraq. The crises and dangers that suddenly turn ordinary people into refugees can feel like...

September 4, 2013

It's difficult to imagine how it feels to be a refugee. To make this feeling real for viewers, Episcopal Migration Ministries has produced new videos about two families who – while different in many ways – both survived the experience...

December 18, 2012

Christmas is, among many other things, one of the most hopeful times of the year. It’s a season for generosity, reflection and new beginnings. Refugees new to the United States find Christmas to be a wonderful opportunity to connect...

January 6, 2010

The following prayers, collects, Scripture readings and hymns are suggested worship resources.  They are suitable for use for a Sunday worship service designated as "Refugee Sunday" or for refugee committee meetings. PRAYERS AND...