The morning schedule will include time to support and refresh those working with refugees, people seeking asylum and migrants before Inderjit Bhogal introduces the concept of Churches of Sanctuary and Sanctuary Meetings as well as plans to increase their presence and impact across the UK and Ireland.
10.00 – Registration & coffee
10.30 – Welcome, introduction, setting the scene; Bishop Jonathan Clarke
10.45 – The big picture: Refugees and IDPs worldwide: Christian Aid’s Jenny Brown and John Plant
11.30 – Theological reflection and group work: Dr Jayme Reeves
12.30 – Lunch & networking
13.45 – What can we do? Workshop, Sanctuary Churches: Inderjit Bhogal with Tim Gee and Sam Slatcher
15.45 – Closing remarks
“In these ancient streets, there’s a heartbeat of sanctuary. All are pilgrims of a kind. In these stones you’re not alone, there’s a place to be … In the city of Sanctuary.”
That’s the catchy chorus from the song City of Sanctuary recently released by Durham-based singer songwriter Sam Slatcher. It retells the “story of Durham from the perspective of ‘sanctuary’, from St Cuthbert’s exile in 875, through to the miners’ strike of 1984, to refugees who have fled a civil war in the Middle East, to find a home in Durham”.
To book a place at the event which will be held in Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ please email Romina at CTBI.