Archive For July 29, 2016

Letter to CTBI member churches about refugee crisis

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Letter to CTBI member churches about refugee crisis

Upon their return from visiting refugees and refugee projects in Greece at the end of May, the twelve women who participated in the delegation have written to the member churches of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland to offer their reflections and recommendations. The letter can be downloaded as a PDF and is also reproduced below. They…

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To the churches in Greece: Grace to you and peace

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To the churches in Greece: Grace to you and peace

Upon their return from visiting refugees and refugee projects in Greece at the end of May, the twelve women who participated in the delegation have written to the churches in Greece to offer their reflection and encouragement. The letter can be downloaded as a PDF and is also reproduced below. They also wrote a corresponding letter to the member…

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UK Community Sponsorship Scheme launched

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UK Community Sponsorship Scheme launched

The UK Home Office has launched the community refugee sponsorship scheme to enable community groups (including charities, faith groups, churches and businesses) to take on the role of supporting resettled refugees in the UK. Lambeth Palace is the first community group to be approved to receive a refugee family. They have also launched an online…

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Oxfam: Richest countries least welcoming

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Oxfam: Richest countries least welcoming

This week Oxfam published a briefing (PDF) that stated: The six wealthiest nations host less than nine percent of the world’s refugees while poorer countries shoulder most of the responsibility. The world’s richest countries can and should do much more to help the world’s most vulnerable people who have fled their homes because of violence and conflict….

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Exodus: Our Journey to Europe (BBC)

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Exodus: Our Journey to Europe (BBC)

The BBC’s three part series Exodus: Our Journey To Europe offer an extremely personal insight into journeys in dinghies from Turkey to Greece, in lorries entering the Eurostar, and trucks crossing the Sahara. As mentioned in a previous post, the producers describe it as “a terrifyingly intimate yet uniquely epic portrait of what has become…

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Have we already forgotten about the refugee crisis?

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Have we already forgotten about the refugee crisis?

Over on the Joint Public Issues website, Grace Pengelly asks Have we already forgotten about the refugee crisis? The Joint Public Issues Team combines the expertise of the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. “Can you remember life before the referendum? It seems a long time ago now,…

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Learning from Abraham’s hospitality

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Learning from Abraham’s hospitality

On the first day of the Synod of the Diocese in Europe in June, Dr Meg Warner led the delegates in a Bible study from Genesis where the experience of Abraham and Middle Eastern hospitality offered an insight our attitude to migrants and immigration. You can listen back to a seven minute extract of the study.

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Christian Aid invite you to Change the Story in word, in speech and through prayer

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Christian Aid invite you to Change the Story in word, in speech and through prayer

“The stories we hear and the stories we tell are important. They help us shape our thoughts, form our opinions and set the agenda.” Christian Aid have launched Change the Story to engage the UK public in writing, talking and praying about refugees. They explain the background to the campaign in their post on Medium….

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Discontent with slow progress on reception of child migrants into UK

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Discontent with slow progress on reception of child migrants into UK

At the beginning of May, UK Prime Minister David Cameron committed to speed up the existing work on the reception of child migrants with a direct family connection to the UK. The statement from 10 Downing Street said: “The government is not putting a fixed number on arrivals, but will instead work with local authorities…

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Diocese of Canterbury: Refugee Crisis Toolkit

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Diocese of Canterbury: Refugee Crisis Toolkit

The Diocese of Canterbury has published a refugee crisis toolkit with five ways to respond. (The Diocese of Guildford have a similar set of responses that form an acrostic PEACE.) ACT – Groups are suggested who accept donations of finance and goods to help refugees and migrants in Calais and elsewhere across the world. SERVE…

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