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We are all migrants as well as hosts

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We are all migrants as well as hosts

Clare McBeath is co-principal of Northern Baptist College and was one of the women who took part in a Churches Together in Britain and Ireland women’s delegation to visit Greece in May 2016. She delivered this reflection as part of CTBI’s AGM, which was held last week in Luther King House in Manchester. A year ago,…

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Letter to CTBI member churches about refugee crisis

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Letter to CTBI member churches about refugee crisis

Upon their return from visiting refugees and refugee projects in Greece at the end of May, the twelve women who participated in the delegation have written to the member churches of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland to offer their reflections and recommendations. The letter can be downloaded as a PDF and is also reproduced below. They…

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To the churches in Greece: Grace to you and peace

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To the churches in Greece: Grace to you and peace

Upon their return from visiting refugees and refugee projects in Greece at the end of May, the twelve women who participated in the delegation have written to the churches in Greece to offer their reflection and encouragement. The letter can be downloaded as a PDF and is also reproduced below. They also wrote a corresponding letter to the member…

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A prayer for refugees and for those who seek to respond to their needs

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A prayer for refugees and for those who seek to respond to their needs

We pray for those who have died from despair, a lack of care and love in their home countries. We pray for those who have died whilst fleeing from war torn countries in their search for refuge and safety. We pray for the families who are seeking to be reunited with their loved ones. We…

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Christian Steki – cultivating a ‘cultural osmosis’

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Christian Steki – cultivating a ‘cultural osmosis’

Having spent the previous evening at the Naomi project (a drop in centre for refugees), the next morning I visited Christian Steki (a meeting place / drop-in centre), run by the Greek Evangelical Church of Thessaloniki. We were met with a queue of Greek people who had been patiently waiting for a loaf of bread…

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“… as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers …”

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“… as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers …”

We returned to Athens after our time in Thessaloniki and were hosted Malcolm Bradshaw and Rebecca Boardman. Father Malcolm serves as the Anglican Chaplain in Athens and Rebecca is responsible for co-ordinating the Anglican church’s response in Greece to the refugee crisis. They welcomed us along with representatives from a number of the agencies who…

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Two thousand years later and Thessalonians are still a people full of hope

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Two thousand years later and Thessalonians are still a people full of hope

At the end of May I was privileged to visit Greece with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland as part of an all women group. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the situation of the refugees with a particular focus on the experiences of women amongst them. Greece has played a…

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Wanderings in the Wilderness or the Promised Land?

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Wanderings in the Wilderness or the Promised Land?

We all know the Exodus story. The story of the Israelites’ captivity as enslaved peoples in Egypt living under the harsh treatment of the authorities at the time. We know of their miraculous escape led by Moses through the waters of the Red Sea and of their wanderings in the wilderness for 40 years. 40…

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Ruth & Naomi: a contemporary re-telling

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Ruth & Naomi: a contemporary re-telling

In the days when the EU and nation states ruled there was a war raging in the land and a certain woman, Naomi and her family lived in Aleppo. But the husband of Naomi was killed when a bomb destroyed the family’s business. Her eldest son had married a woman called Orpah but was shot…

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Who do you say I am?

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Who do you say I am?

Clare McBeath is co-principal of Northern Baptist College and was one of the women who took part in the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland women’s delegation to visit Greece, May 2016. I was welcomed into someone’s home. It was immaculately clean, tidy and soft underfoot, the shade providing a welcome relief from the blistering…

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