7 October 2020
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MINISTRY PARTNERS: AURA (Anglican United Refugee Alliance)
Virtual & Video sermons available
If you wish to highlight your Parish's events in support of FaithWorks, please forward the details to faithworks@toronto.anglican.ca
Anglican United Refugee Alliance

Working Together to Help Refugees

These are extraordinary and challenging times, but the work of AURA continues throughout the Diocese because of the generous support of FaithWorks. AURA is a Canadian charitable organization assisting in the sponsorship and resettlement of refugees. Our mission is to provide support and expertise to groups involved in refugee sponsorship and resettlement. Refugees face fear and uncertainty every day and we think of the over 79.5 million displaced people around the world whose situations are now shaped by even more uncertainty with the increased threat of the pandemic.
Since the middle of March AURA has been working remotely; developing refugee cases, providing our community with timely resources, and supporting 25 refugee sponsoring groups helping 75 refugee newcomers within their first year in Canada. The results of our Spring partnership with Plantables.ca can now be seen flourishing in more than 70 gardens throughout the Diocese. The AURA community commemorated the strength and courage of refugees around the world virtually for World Refugee Day on June 20th. We would like to thank Bishop Andrew for his inspirational words and reminding us all to continue supporting the essential refugee work of welcoming the stranger, as we would welcome Christ. (Matthew 25:35)

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to experience how events beyond our control can radically change our everyday lives. Even during these difficult and stressful times, it is amazing to see the work of parishes and sponsorship groups and we thank you all. Refugee sponsorship programs are truly lifesaving solutions for vulnerable refugees during this time of record human displacement.

For information on AURA and how you too can help: http://www.auraforrefugees.org/

Matching Challenge Grant

We are excited to have been offered a new matching challenge grant of $100,000 for new or increased donations. The challenge is only for parishes, not individuals. In other words, for every increased dollar a parish offers to FaithWorks over last years amount, this generous donor will match it with another dollar up to $100,000.
If a parish increases it's contribution to FaithWorks this year over 2019 by $1,000, it becomes $2,000. If a parish's increase is $5,000, it becomes $10,000. If a parish's increase is $10,000, it becomes $20,000, for those most vulnerable and struggling every day.

There are two ways for individuals to participate in this challenge and contribute to their parish's total.

1) An individual can make a donation directly to their parish designated for FaithWorks, as in the past.

2) To make online contributions easier the FaithWorks website has been modified to give credit to a parish for an individual's donation. Simply go to FaithWorks.ca and follow the instructions to put the parish's name in the Comments section when making a donation.


Virtual and Video Sermons available
We are only gathering virtually. The Director of Stewardship, Peter Misiaszek, and I would normally be visiting parishes in person to speak of FaithWorks. Why not virtually!!! If you would like one of us to speak to your parish during your online Sunday worship please contact FaithWork Speakers Bureau at fwspeakersbureau@toronto.anglican.ca

If you would like the pre-recorded video of my sermon promoting FaithWorks (11 minutes) or the 20th Anniversary of FaithWorks video
(2 minutes) for your Sunday morning services, please email me so that I can make them available to you.
Peter Mentis (he/him)
FaithWorks Campaign Manager

135 Adelaide St. E.
Toronto, ON M5C 1L8
416-363-6021 ext. 242
1-800-668-8932 ext.242
We build healthy, missional Anglican communities that engage faithfully with the world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. I acknowledge that my office resides on the territory of sovereign Indigenous Nations, the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat. I acknowledge especially the Mississaugas of the Credit and the Toronto Treaties.