In response to the global refugee crisis, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Association announced the launch of two new initiatives in a joint statement:
- A special UUSC-UUA Refugee Crisis Fund, with the goal of raising $250,000 over the next 15 days and
- A petition drive to pressure the Obama administration to substantially raise the number of refugees admitted into the United States to 200,000.
Budapest 10th September 2015 Dear Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist Friends all over the World! Many of you are aware of the fact that European Union and especially Hungary is facing an extraordinary migration flow. We, as leaders of the District in Hungary of the Hungarian Unitarian Church, consider that is an urgent task to help all those refugees in need. We are a relatively small religious organization with limited volunteers capacity and financial resources, therefore we cannot create and organize our charity program by ourselves. We were, however, one of the founders of Hungarian Interchurch Aid 25 years ago, and we support and participate in their projects ever since. The Hungarian Interchurch Aid is a professional aid agency of Protestant background, with several national and international projects. According to their description they participate in the following relief work: psychosocial services for children, provide assistance to reception centers in the form of children’s clothing and toys, diapers, baby food, blankets, towels, non-perishable food and hygienic items, etc. – including to make migrants’ conditions more humane. You can find more information on their website. If you are able or willing to support these charity services, please send your donations to the bank account of the Unitarians in Hungary – we have set a special agreement with the Hungarian Interchurch Aid to transfer this help to their refugee projects. Thank you for your consideration, and for any help you may be able to provide. May blessings be with us all! Botond Elekes, Lay President Rev. Jozsef Kászoni, Deputy Bishop