Archive For February 29, 2016

Refugee Resettlement Factsheets (Church of England)

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Refugee Resettlement Factsheets (Church of England)

The Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Division has published a useful set of factsheets that outline: UK Government policy around the Syrian resettlement programme; how resettlement works (in the context of English local authorities); local action; campaigning.

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Christian Aid

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Christian Aid

Christian Aid’s Syria Crisis Appeal has raised over £3 million since it was launched. The relief and development agency is working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Iraq, providing support to some of the most vulnerable refugees including women who have experienced gender-based violence, and those with disabilities. Christian Aid is a member of the…

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CAFOD refugee resources for primary and secondary schools

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CAFOD refugee resources for primary and secondary schools

CAFOD have published (and continue to update) resources for primary and secondary schools. Activities explore facts and figures about the refugee crisis and invite children and young people to follow a refugee family on their journey to safety. There’s also a reflection based on the Parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25 v 31-46)…

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Meeting God in Friend and Stranger

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Meeting God in Friend and Stranger

Working with refugees – whether those who have spontaneously arrived in UK and Ireland, or those arriving as part of government-backed resettlement programmes – is an opportunity for Christians and congregations to think again about other faiths and religions. Meeting God in Friend and Stranger was originally published in 2010 by the Catholic Church in…

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Welcoming newcomers to church

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Welcoming newcomers to church

The EMBRACE charity in Northern Ireland has produced resources that are applicable and reusable across the UK and Ireland. They have drawn up a toolkit with ideas and guidance for churches who want to welcome newcomers. It is designed with the particular needs of people from other nations, cultures, languages and ethnicities, though some ideas…

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Lost Family Portraits

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Lost Family Portraits

Lost Family Portraits is a collaboration between Catholic development agency CAFOD, creative agency M&C Saatchi and photographer Dario Mitidieri. Captured in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley refugee camp, the photographs of families reflect their ‘lost’ loved ones, symbolised by empty chairs and unfilled arms. In this example, 44 year old Khawle explains that she travelled from…

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Prayer – to end war and suffering

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Prayer – to end war and suffering

The Catholic Church in England and Wales have published a prayer for peace by Pope St John Paul II that can be used to pray for an end to the war in Syria and for peace for the Syrian refugees fleeing violence. On their website they also link to statements, opportunities for action and materials…

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Prayer – Love Your Neighbour

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Prayer – Love Your Neighbour

Love your neighbour Jesus, friend and brother, You know what it is like to be hungry and thirsty. You know the plight of the stranger who is made unwelcome. You know the suffering of all who have lost everything. We pray that by welcoming refugees we may show love for our neighbour and draw closer…

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Directory of English Language Classes in Northern Ireland

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Directory of English Language Classes in Northern Ireland

EMBRACE maintain and update an online directory of English Language Classes that are run across Northern Ireland. Language competence is important in settling and participating in life in Northern Ireland. There are many opportunities to learn and improve English skills for people who do not speak English as their first language. They also list local…

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Responding to the refugee crisis with PEACE

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Responding to the refugee crisis with PEACE

The Diocese of Guildford have summed up their response to the refugee crisis through the acrostic PEACE. On their website they’ve listed local, national and international resources under each of the five headings. Prayer is always at the foundation of any Christian response and is a positive, intentional action. Education of facts and history behind…

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