Syrian Refugees

Oscar-nominated Documentary Screening - "The White Helmets"

A standing room only audience of 48 viewed "The White Helmets" documentary at South Congregational Church in Concord on March 5. Senator Jeanne Shaheen sent a letter affirming the event's importance and thanking the group for organizing it.

Becky Sakellariou, long-time Greek resident who now lives in Peterborough, facilitated discussion following the emotional film. She works with NGOs helping in refugee camps in Athens.

Sandi Cotter from Ascentria Care Alliance in Concord reported on the needs of both immigrants and refugees in NH. Blankets and bedsheets are particularly needed now and can be dropped off at 261 Sheep Davis Rd., Concord. 603-224-8111

At-will donations were divided between Ascentria Care Alliance and the International Institute of New England, NH's two resettlement agencies.

The Syrian Refugee Mission Group has compiled the following list of resources for use in local churches.

Books on Islam

Books for Children at the Islamic
Books for Adults at the Islamic
International Education Foundation online store has many different types of books for children and adults relating to culture, beliefs, and curriculums

Publications on Islam from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

CAIR Muslim Community Safety Kit (ideas for Muslims and their communities)
Basic information about Islam
Example: WHAT IS ISLAM? Islam is not a new religion. It is the same truth that God revealed to all His prophets throughout history. Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness that should not be associated with acts of violence against the innocent.
Guides to Muslim Religious Practices for educators, employers, health care providers, law enforcement officials, and correctional institutions

Study Guide from the Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota

My Neighbor is Muslim: Exploring the Muslim Faith
Free download or hard copy of publication by the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. This is a seven part study guide useful for church discussion groups.

Books on Syria and the Refugee Crisis

The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria by Samar Yazbek
The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis by Patrick Kingsley
Several books to explain the background to the current situation

Syrian Crisis Action plan

Sign the electronic postcard urging the U.S. to lead by example in refugee resettlement, as I did.

If you have a moment to scroll through a resource about welcoming refugees, pages 17-19 of the FULL REFUGEES WELCOME TOOLKIT offers information on how to talk with legislative reps. You can download the entire booklet for lots of information and ideas. The UCC is part of the interfaith campaign.

Joyce Ray
Chair, Syrian Refugee Mission Group
NH Conference, UCC

Teacher materials (ready to use)

Teaching about the Syrian Refugee Crisis

UCC Resources

Actions To Take
Ways to Donate Online
100% of funds designated for refugee emergency to the United Church of Christ are used for refugee assistance programming domestically or internationally.
OGHS 2016 Video Resource a 2 minute animation film to explain refugee plight.

Church World Service

Ways to Get Involved

Operation USA

Ways to Help
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Mercy Corps

Syria in the NH news

Recent settlement of Syrian refugees Sep 28, 2016 article in the Union Leader
Recent settlement of Syrian refugees Aug 30, 2016 article in the Concord Monitor

"Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.
And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good."

-Maya Angelou