Archive For January 31, 2016

“People in the West need to realise what is happening here”

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“People in the West need to realise what is happening here”

The Church of Scotland Moderator Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison visited Cairo in January and witnessed the expanding refugee service provided through St Andrews Church. Built by the Church of Scotland over 100 years ago, St Andrew’s occupies a tight compound in central Cairo which is now a haven of relative peace and security for…

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Refugee worship resources – Church of Scotland

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Refugee worship resources – Church of Scotland

The Church of Scotland produce weekly worship resources: Starters for Sunday. A specific set of worship resources have been published in response to the refugee crisis. The pack includes Psalms, prayers, readings, teaching outlines and links to other online resources. One of the responsive prayers is reproduced here: Lord have mercy For those caught in…

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“You can’t fit hospitality in a box”

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“You can’t fit hospitality in a box”

Daniel Singleton is the National Executive Director of FaithAction. In December he blogged … You can’t fit hospitality in a box At the height of the popular focus on the refugee crisis, bold promises were made and schemes were hatched as individuals and authorities tried to come up with ways to respond to what we…

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A Place At The Table

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A Place At The Table

The Church of Scotland are partners with National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL). Many Syrian Christians have been displaced from their homes and some have travelled to Lebanon, sometimes staying with relatives or faith communities. The Church of Scotland are fund raising for their partners through A Place At The Table. The current…

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Mapping Migration: Mapping Churches’ Responses in Europe

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Mapping Migration: Mapping Churches’ Responses in Europe

A revised and updated edition of the joint study Mapping Migration: Mapping Churches’ Responses in Europe has been published by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The comprehensive study combines theological interpretation, sociological accounts, and the voices of migrants themselves. Mapping Migration is organized according to…

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Safe Passage (CCME)

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Safe Passage (CCME)

Safe Passage is a project of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) to respond to the ongoing migration and refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. Our organisations represent Churches throughout Europe – Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic – as well as Christian agencies particularly concerned with migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. As Christian…

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10 urgent issues around refugee legal recognition and integration

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10 urgent issues around refugee legal recognition and integration

Looking for opportunities for local churches and civil society to help tackle refugee issues? Addressing the joint World Council of Churches/United Nations Refugee Crisis Conference on Monday 18 January, Ambassador Knut Vollebaek representing the Church of Norway listed ten urgent issues and effective responses around legal recognition and integration. Many of the issues present practical…

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Parish Resources for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2016

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Parish Resources for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2016

The Bishops’ Council for Immigrants in Ireland (Irish Episcopal Council for Immigrants/IECI) produced a resource pack for parishes to use on World Day of Migrants and Refugees (Sunday 17 January 2016). Bishop John Buckley introduced the pack: Immigration is a phenomenon which is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Today millions are displaced by war…

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EBF Report from Croatian refugee camp

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EBF Report from Croatian refugee camp

The European Baptist Federation report that since the beginning of the migrant crisis 568,439 persons entered the Republic of Croatia. In search of a safer life, in search of freedom and dignity, many were forced to leave their homes, leave years of hard work, leave everything they owned, and start their life-changing journey; a journey…

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Bishop Lynch’s message for World Day for Migrants and Refugees

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Bishop Lynch’s message for World Day for Migrants and Refugees

Bishop Patrick Lynch is a Southwark Auxiliary and chairs the Office for Migration Policy for the Bishops’ Conference. He spoke on 11 January about the suffering of refugees: “In his message for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees on 17 January, Pope Francis invites us to respond to the challenge of migrants and refugees…

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