Archive For June 29, 2017

“We have hope. We can move beyond borders … and walls in our hearts and minds”

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“We have hope. We can move beyond borders … and walls in our hearts and minds”

“Have no fear! Christ is Alive! We have hope. We can move beyond borders, physical barriers and walls in our hearts and minds.” That’s the sentiment that runs through a statement unanimously adopted by the members of the Churches’ Commission on Migrants in Europe (CCME) which met in Prague last week for its general assembly. “We…

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Fr Sean Gilbert: treating refugees as flesh and blood rather than categorising them into ‘boxes’

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Fr Sean Gilbert: treating refugees as flesh and blood rather than categorising them into ‘boxes’

The Stories Worth Sharing podcast from the Church of England this week spoke to Fr Sean Gilbert. He was part of a group of young men that Churches Together in Britain and Ireland took to visit refugee projects in Lampedusa and Sicily. Sean is curate at St Leonards on Sea parish in East Sussex. He…

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Church fundraising furnishes Milton Keynes home for resettled family

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Church fundraising furnishes Milton Keynes home for resettled family

St Mark’s Church in Milton Keynes handed over house keys to a refugee family last week after a fundraising campaign to furnish their new home with everything from toothbrushes to a fridge freezer. The Church of England explains that the church crowdsourced items through an online ‘wish list’ as well as raising money through coffee…

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World Refugee Day human chain in Glasgow’s George Square

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World Refugee Day human chain in Glasgow’s George Square

David Bradwell from Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees was one of hundreds of people who came together in Glasgow’s George Square this morning to form a human chain to mark World Refugee Day and show solidarity with refugees. The event was organised by the Scottish Refugee Council, Amnesty International and Oxfam Scotland and attended by…

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Refugee Week 2017 events in England

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Refugee Week 2017 events in England

There are an enormous number of events planned across England for Refugee Week which begins on Monday 19 June. You can find many of them on the Refugee Week website. Only a tiny selection are previewed in this blog post. Quakers are running a series of events in London and across England. The Library in…

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Refugee Festival Scotland 2017 events

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Refugee Festival Scotland 2017 events

You can see a full list of events during Refugee Festival Scotland 2017 (from Tuesday 20 June to Sunday 2 July) on the Scottish Refugee Council website. Come and help form a human chain in Glasgow’s George Square in an event marking World Refugee Day on Tuesday 20 June starting at 11am. It’s an opportunity to…

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Refugee Week 2017 events in Wales

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Refugee Week 2017 events in Wales

You can see a full list of events in Wales on the Refugee Week website. A photography exhibition with the work of photographer Glenn Edwards will be accompanied by asylum seekers and refugees from the countries depicted on the walls sharing their insights and experiences about the situation in their countries and why people leave to…

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Refugee Week 2017 events in Northern Ireland

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Refugee Week 2017 events in Northern Ireland

You can see a full list of events in Northern Ireland on the Refugee Week website. There’s a launch event for Refugee Week at Belfast City Hall on Monday 19 at 2pm organised by NICRAS (Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and other NGOs. Immigration detention will be highlighted with the free screening…

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Churches in Syria and Lebanon supporting refugees

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Churches in Syria and Lebanon supporting refugees

Rev Fadi Elia Dagher is the moderator of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon and is in Belfast to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. “In the past five years, churches have been destroyed, congregations relocated, elderly and children dead and suffering; youth injured, immigrated, lost their jobs, couldn’t…

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Meet Luca Maria Negro

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Meet Luca Maria Negro

CTBI’s Christine Elliott recently returned from a fact-finding visit to projects in Rome. Over the coming week’s she’ll be blogging about her encounters. Meet Luca Maria Negro, the President of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI). The FCEI set up the work of Mediterranean Hope in 2013 following the ghastly situation on 3…

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