Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. has made a plea to United Methodists in the Great Plains Conference to provide financial assistance for refugees fleeing Ukraine because of the Russian invasion into the country.
The letter below shares the details of how to donate money to help refugees.
Download a printable version of the letter.
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United Methodists across the globe are condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As Christians “we believe war is incompatible with the teachings and example of Christ. We therefore reject war as an instrument of national foreign policy.” (2016 Book of Discipline, Social Principles ¶165.C). We also know our God stands with the oppressed and calls on us to support them. See some of the ways United Methodist leaders, organizations and individuals are responding to the invasion of Ukraine through their prayer, aid and witness.
The United Methodist Church has compiled articles, statements and resources for standing for peace in Ukraine.
Bishop Eduard Khegay of the Eurasia Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church discusses the conflict from the perspective of one living in Russia while presiding over churches in both Russia and Ukraine.