Last October, a set of twelve Biblical reflections were published by the World Council of Churches under the title I Belong: Biblical Reflections on Statelessness. They are available to purchase online (UK/US).
In an era marked by migration, refugees and displacement, the growing problem of stateless persons calls for attention and engagement by Christians everywhere. Estimated at 10 million persons worldwide, stateless people are often hidden in our very midst yet have no legal identity and so no access to basics like education, jobs, banking or travel. They are neighbours in need.
The biblical record challenges all of us to see for the first time those among us who have no nationalist: the ultimate marginalisation. In this volume, a dozen theologians from across regions and confessions offer Bible studies for individuals, groups and congregations to understand and address the vital personal, social and religious concerns raised for and by stateless persons and their plight.
Some other WCC materials, including two of the studies, are also available to download.
Last November the WCC organised a webinar that looked at UNHCR’s Global Action Plan to End Statelessness in the immediate aftermath of the Global Forum on Statelessness held in The Netherlands.
Webinar panellists of the webinar include (alphabetical order):
- Zahra Albarazi, co-founder and senior researcher, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, The Netherlands
- Radha Govil, Legal Office, Statelessness Section, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Switzerland
- Nathan Hosler, director, Church of the Brethren’s Office of Public Witness, USA
- Maha Jean Mamo, international relations manager at Agro Betel Live Export, stateless, Brazil
- Suzanne Matale, general secretary, Council of Churches in Zambia, Zambia
- Peter Prove, director of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, World Council of Churches (chair)