Posts Tagged “refugees”

Sanctuary Sunday – rationale and resources

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Sanctuary Sunday – rationale and resources

Where does the idea of sanctuary come from? And why Sanctuary Sunday? The Bible contains the command to “love your neighbour as yourself.” Yet this commandment is stated only once in Hebrew Scriptures (Leviticus 19:18). On the other hand there is an oft-repeated requirement in Hebrew Scriptures to “love the stranger”. There is no other…

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Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?

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Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?

The Peace Between is a short film that features three friendships between a European and an asylum seeker or refugee. It’s a film about people and friendship rather than politics and it has been supported by the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) “It’s portrays a metaphorical road trip through the lives of six characters in three…

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Italian judge frees NGO Proactiva’s Open Arms vessel

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Italian judge frees NGO Proactiva’s Open Arms vessel

The Preliminary Investigative Judge of Ragusa, Giovanni Giampiccolo, has ordered the release of the Open Arms, a ship operated by the Spanish NGO Proactiva. According to a Reuters report that had visibility of the court order, “the rescue on March 15 of 218 migrants off the Libyan coast by humanitarian group Proactiva Open Arms was…

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Mediterranean Hope: new sea rescue collaboration by Italian churches

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Mediterranean Hope: new sea rescue collaboration by Italian churches

The Council of the FCEI (the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy) has agreed to expand the work of their refugee and migrant programme Mediterranean Hope with a new strand of activity that will support organisations that undertake this humanitarian work and participate in search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea. A team from…

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Refugee Family Reunion Bill passes next stage in UK Parliament #FamiliesTogether

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Refugee Family Reunion Bill passes next stage in UK Parliament #FamiliesTogether

The Refugee Family Reunion Bill passed another stage in its progression through the UK Parliament with its second reading in the House of Commons on 16 March 2018. Introduced as a Private Members Bill by the SNP’s Angus MacNeil back in July 2017, the proposed legislation hopes to improve the UK’s laws on the rights…

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CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network meets

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CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network meets

CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network met again this afternoon in London. Individuals involved in supporting and improving the asylum process as well as representatives from a wide range of (mostly) faith-based NGOs working in the refugee sector. Attendees heard an update from Refugee Action‘s CEO Stephen Hale about the organisation’s plan for a three year campaign…

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WCC & ecumenical partners co-host UN symposium on migration (22 Jan)

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WCC & ecumenical partners co-host UN symposium on migration (22 Jan)

The World Council of Churches and ecumenical partners are co-hosting an event on migration and displacement at United Nations on Monday 22 January 2018. Proceedings from the United Nations headquarters in New York will be streamed online from 2pm until 10pm (GMT). Why do people move? When their movement is forced, how should this be…

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Human Flow: Ai Weiwei’s perspective-giving primer on global migration

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Human Flow: Ai Weiwei’s perspective-giving primer on global migration

Rather than pick a few interesting personal stories out of the millions of displaced people across the globe, Ai Weiwei keeps his focus on the scale of the worldwide Human Flow in his new documentary. By stretching the narrative across 23 different countries, Ai Weiwei also zooms out from the handful of countries normally associated…

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Resources about Statelessness #LockedInLimbo

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Resources about Statelessness #LockedInLimbo

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….

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This Beach (Brokentalkers) – challenging attitudes to otherness through theatre

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This Beach (Brokentalkers) – challenging attitudes to otherness through theatre

As I went to bed on Saturday evening, the radio news bulletin announced the tragic news that over 30 migrants including children had died off the coast of Libya when their boat capsized. The Libyan coastguard had rescued around 60 people from the water and another 140 people in a second boat. According to IOM…

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