Faith Resources

The faith resources section includes links to theological reflections and a list of prayers (including a comprehensive set of worship resources collated by the Church of Scotland) as well as sites that regularly publish similar material.

We also have an archive of publications on refugees and asylum from CTBI and elsewhere, providing useful background material and demonstrating how the churches took the issue of refugees seriously long before the current crisis in Europe.

 

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Making precious what is precarious
Apr 28

Making precious what is precarious

Sam Donaldson is a Quaker who lives in Hull and was part of the CTBI delegation that visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa and Sicily in April 2017. In this article, he reflects on his experience in Lampedusa. “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s ...
The Promise – epic film about Armenian genocide chimes with twenty first century conflicts and displacement
Apr 26

The Promise – epic film about Armenian genocide chimes with twenty first century conflicts and displacement

The Promise documents the displacement and genocide of Armenians in the last days of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. It’s a shocking piece of European history that director Terry George beautifully captures in his new epic film. Michael Boghosian (played by Oscar Isaac) travels ...
“Even in the worst possible moment … there is life”
Apr 15

“Even in the worst possible moment … there is life”

Fr Sean Gilbert is an Anglican Priest in the Church of England, serving his curacy at Christ Church, St Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex. This post is adapted from the Holy Saturday reflection he wrote in response to his week as part of the CTBI delegation to Sicily and Lampedusa. This is the ...
Encounters & borders – Francesco Piobbichi
Apr 14

Encounters & borders – Francesco Piobbichi

As we left Lampedusa and Sicily last week, with its many encounters with staff and refugees, I was conscious that we were heading into Holy Week and a teenage memory came back to me. A set of daily devotional readings in the lead up to Easter had focused on the different people that Jesus’ ...
Home for Good ask UK church leaders to sign statement in light of Dubs scheme closure
Feb 17

Home for Good ask UK church leaders to sign statement in light of Dubs scheme closure

In September 2015, the Home for Good charity responded to the Syrian refugee crisis by asking people to consider fostering unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Within ten days more than 10,000 people answered their call, and the number continues to increase. This gave Home for Good ...
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity “Crossing Barriers” material resonates with division and barriers in Europe
Jan 11

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity “Crossing Barriers” material resonates with division and barriers in Europe

Churches in the northern hemisphere normally mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January, this year between 18–25 January 2017, the feast days of St Peter and St Paul. The Spirituality Ireland blog notes that this year the WPCU material revolves around the theme of “Reconciliation – ...
A prayer on Christmas Morning
Dec 25

A prayer on Christmas Morning

Lord, you were once a refugee as the small child from the manger fleeing to Egypt. And so we pray for all those who are fleeing persecution, adversity and hopelessness. We remember the millions of people across the globe who are displaced from their homes. We bring before you families that are ...
Christmas Reflection and Response on Refugees
Dec 24

Christmas Reflection and Response on Refugees

This reflection and response is adapted from material originally written by Brian Radcliffe and developed by Jenny Belshaw for use in Kilmakee Presbyterian Church in December 2016. While written to be delivered by three readers, it could also be spoken by a single voice. A Christmas Reflection ...
WCC release 12 Biblical Reflections on Statelessness
Dec 9

WCC release 12 Biblical Reflections on Statelessness

I Belong: Bible Reflections on Statelessness is a series of twelve studies being released by the World Council of Churches during Advent. “Christians awaiting the advent of the Lord and the reign of God are invited in this season and in light of the scriptures to assay our lives and lifestyles, ...
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