UUs Unite to Support Ukrainian Refugees

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As the situation in Ukraine continues to unfold, there has been an outpouring of prayers and concern from Unitarian Universalists. We hope that you will continue to hold the people of Ukraine in your hearts, and everyone around the world who are suffering because of war and injustice.

In the links below, we have gathered our most up to date information on how UUs in the United States and around the world are responding to the humanitarian need, and to amplify the ways that we can all help.

With millions of Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), is assisting refugees by partnering with two grassroots organizations in Eastern Europe, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and FemFund.

Support These Partners and the UUSC Emergency Relief Fund

Both organizations are well-positioned to respond immediately to the people fleeing Ukraine for Hungary and Poland, respectively, having engaged in this work for years with people fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa.

Hungarian Helsinki Committee focuses on providing plain-language legal advice to asylum-seekers and civil society organizations, as well as combatting racist and xenophobic narratives about people on the move in Hungary. FemFund partners with community groups assisting women, LGBTQI+, and Black and People of Color seeking safety in Poland.

Read UUSC’s Statement on War in Ukraine

The Rev. Alicia R. Forde, the UUA’s International Resources Office director, has been in contact and consultation with Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists outside of the United States. Bruce Knotts, director of the UU Office at the UN, recently wrote in UU World about Russia’s actions at the United Nations and especially in the Security Council.

Learn how you can support the refugee work of the Hungarian Unitarian Church (PDF), as well as through USA for UNHCR: the UN Refugee Agency.

Read UUA Statement on Supporting Those Impacted by the Crisis in Ukraine

Thank you for the many ways you give and serve.

In faith and gratitude,

Rev. Lauren Smith

Director of Stewardship and Development