Posts Tagged “CTBIApril2017”

A feeling of helplessness …

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A feeling of helplessness …

Jake Convery was part of the group from CTBI who visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa and Sicily in April. He blogged this morning in reaction to recent media stories about the flooding in Houston and the migrant crisis. I’ve seen some articles recently about the displacement of peoples in Houston due to the…

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The Optician of Lampedusa (Emma Jane Kirby) – choosing to act, choosing to relate

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The Optician of Lampedusa (Emma Jane Kirby) – choosing to act, choosing to relate

Emma Jane Kirby’s book The Optician of Lampedusa takes us back to 3 October 2013 and an account of what happened when Carmine Menna, his wife Rosaria and six friends went for a pleasurable sail just off the coast of the island of Lampedusa at the end of the tourist season. They found themselves first…

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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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“Human life has no value there”

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“Human life has no value there”

Damian Jackson is programme officer for the Irish Council of Churches and co-led the recent CTBI delegation to visit refugee projects in Italy. He wrote the lead article for this week’s Church of Ireland Gazette. An abbreviated version of his article is reproduced below. “Human life has no value there.” Emmanuel was telling me of his…

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Reflections from CTBI group who visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa & Sicily

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Reflections from CTBI group who visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa & Sicily

A short video captures reflections of some of the group who spent time with Mediterranean Hope projects in Lampedusa and Sicily in April 2017. The visit was organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.  You can read more about the visit on this Focus on Refugees website.

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Making precious what is precarious

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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 wrong with the…

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Humanitarian corridors – addressing extreme danger faced by refugees

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Humanitarian corridors – addressing extreme danger faced by refugees

Damian Jackson is programme officer at the Irish Council of Churches and co-led the team of young men on CTBI’s recent visit to refugee projects on Sicily and Lampedusa. He writes today on the Irish Council of Churches’ blog about the visit whose purpose was “to gain an understanding of the situation faced by people…

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“Media silence has to stop”

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“Media silence has to stop”

Jake Convery is a United Reformed Church Youth Assembly representative to its General Assembly and its Mission Council as well as organist at Congleton URC and director of music at Saint Andrew’s URC, Hampstead. He was part of the ecumenical delegation that visited refugee projects in Sicily and Lampedusa earlier this month. On his blog…

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Meeting ‘the real flesh of Christ’ amid suffering and hope in Lampedusa

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Meeting ‘the real flesh of Christ’ amid suffering and hope in Lampedusa

The Irish News – one of Northern Ireland’s three daily newspapers – carried two articles on refugees in its Faith Matter section today. The first by Alan Meban (who manages the Focus on Refugees website and social media) begins by quoting Dom Carmelo, the Catholic priest on the island of Lampedusa, who spent time with the CTBI delegation which visited…

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Humanity is being questioned on Lampedusa

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Humanity is being questioned on Lampedusa

Bartłomiej Bozek is a member of the Chemin Neuf Community and travelled to Italy to visit Mediterranean Hope projects in April with the delegation of young men organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Lampedusa is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea. You can either get there by boat or by plane. Both…

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