So Why Do We Involve Ourselves in Refugee Work?

The following is a preamble to the "covenants" and "memorandums of understanding" we have with our own First United Refugee Committees as well as Community Sponsorship Groups that we are partnering with.

First United is called to be faithful to God’s vision for humanity and creation as revealed in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is reflected in three commitments that are included in the “Living Ministry of First United”.

  • A commitment to spiritual nurture in community
  • A commitment to healing
  • A commitment to social and ecological justice.

The mission statement of First United identifies that We are a concerned and daring people, proclaiming God's presence and love in our action for social and human justice.  This is rooted in our core faith story received from the Scriptures, a story that reminds us of the teaching in James 1:14-17, which says my friends what is it for one of you to say that you have faith if your actions do not prove it?...Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat.  What good is there in your saying to them “God bless you, keep warm and eat well” if you don’t give them the necessities of life?  So it is witg faith.  If faith stands alone and does not include actions then it is dead.

Our commitments, mission statement, and faithful action include the sponsoring of global refugees to be settled within our own city of Ottawa.   These efforts are an integral part of the ministry of First United that involves our members, staff, and others associated with our faith community.