World Refugee Day webcast

ENS reports:

A June 19 live webcast sponsored by Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) and the Office of Communication will focus on World Refugee Day and will examine the plight of today’s refugees.

“You Mean The World To Us: Our global embrace of refugees through local resettlement” will top the Episcopal Church’s observance of the annual United Nations-designated World Refugee Day on June 20.

The Friday live webcast will begin at 12:10 pm Eastern with the celebration of the Eucharist in the Chapel of Christ the Lord, located in The Episcopal Church Center in New York City. (11:10 am Central, 10:10 am Mountain, 9:10 am Pacific). Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will celebrate and preach at this World Refugee Day-themed service.

Following the Eucharist at 1 pm Eastern, Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and Bishop Andrew D. Smith of Connecticut will participate in a panel discussion of World Refugee Day. The panel will be moderated by Deborah Stein, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries.

The Presiding Bishop will reflect on the church’s long-standing commitment to refugees and Bishop Smith will speak about the impact of ongoing resettlement in his diocese. Members of an interfaith sponsorship team that includes St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wilton, Connecticut and an Iraqi refugee family they helped to resettle will also share their experiences.

The live webcast of the Eucharist, beginning at 12:10 pm Eastern, is expected to be 35 minutes. The live webcast of You Mean The World To Us, beginning at 1 pm Eastern, is expected to be 45 minutes.

Questions for the panel can be submitted by emailing

The live webcasts of the Eucharist and You Mean The World To Us can be accessed on the home page of The Episcopal Church

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