NewsPray and donate; donate and pray. Earthquake in Syria and Turkey

Sunday, February 26, will be the final day we collect donations to assist the people of Syria and Turkey in the aftermath of the earthquake by donating to UCC Global H.O.P.E.

How to donate

  • Donate online here, selecting “earthquake” from the options.
  • Text your amount to 919-888-4541 with keyword “earthquake.”
  • Mail a check to 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC  27607 with “earthquake” in the memo line.  We will be collecting through February.

Pray with people throughout the United Church of Christ

Prayer by Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, Associate Minister of the UCC:

God of grace and mercy, there are many who are suffering loss today. Around the world and in our communities we are mourning. Today we come holding in our prayers our siblings in Turkey and Syria who are still searching and rescuing survivors and victims of this earthquake. Be present with these families and communities during this time of crisis and need. Be a source of strength and comfort through these days ahead. Help us to be present on behalf of those in need. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The invitation to give from the United Church of Christ

The news continues to unfold about the devastating earthquake on the border of Turkey and Syria. The death toll continues to rise – numbers are pointing to over 5,000 – depending on the source. This is shattering news and adds to the challenges of the war in this area for over a decade.

The UCC has posted a prayer and short statement in response to this crisis. While the earthquake was on the border, the tremors were felt as far away as Lebanon and Cyprus. At this time, we are issuing an appeal to help recovery efforts in Turkey and Syria. It is hard to tell what other areas are affected or the extent of the damage from this seismic event.

For more information about this collection at CUCC, contact Charles Coble, chair of our Community Outreach ministry, at