Unavoidable Global Realities: Refugees

March 7, 2013

Without a home, without a country: the plight of a refugee. Did you know?*

  • There are over 42.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.
  • Children constitute about 41 percent of the world’s refugees, and about half of all refugees are women.
  • About two-thirds of the world’s refugees have been in exile for more than five years, many of them with no end in sight.
  • Four-fifths of all refugees are in the developing world, in nations that can least afford to host them.
  • More than half of the world’s refugees are in urban environments, not in camps.

Some of the world’s refugees are living in our own backyard, yet many of us do not even know them. Rev. Nicholas Granitsas (M.Div. ’74), long-time pastor of First Congregational Church of Revere, has been serving among the refugee and immigrant community in Revere, MA, for nearly four decades. His vision is to reach the urban, transitional communities of that region, particularly working among the first- and second-generation immigrant communities. Join us for “Unavoidable Global Realities: Refugees” and hear Rev. Granitsas share practical examples of how we can address this global reality on a local and personal level. Find out more.

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:35)

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