As the Triangle community responds to the global refugee crisis and intense backlash against Syrian refugees after the devastating attacks in Beirut, Paris and Baghdad, local faith communities are sending an intentional message of welcome to all refugees and immigrants. On Monday, December 7 at 6 PM, faith leaders, service organizations, refugee resettlement agencies and immigrant advocates will hold a prayer vigil immediately followed by multicultural dinner organized by the North Carolina Council of Churches. At the dinner, participants will enjoy food from home and ancestral countries, and will discuss the importance of building a welcoming community for refugees and immigrants, highlighting the contributions they make to the Triangle communities.
All are invited to come together to pray for peace throughout the world and then to break bread with our neighbors from other countries. Please bring a dish from your own culture or ancestry to share and/or, a canned food donation for the food pantry of Urban Ministries. The event will take place at 6pm at the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (403 E. Main St.). Everyone is welcome. Many thanks to Church World Service for helping to organize this event.