Posts Tagged “Thessaloniki”

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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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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Hospitable and welcoming: ‘We share our poverty’

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Hospitable and welcoming: ‘We share our poverty’

Last Sunday morning Rev Kathryn Viner – minister of Malone congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland – was interviewed on BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence about the CTBI trip to Greece at the end of May. Asked about the conditions of refugee camps in Greece, Kathryn said that it carried but described the official…

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Cecilia Taylor-Camara: “your name is written … in my book”

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Cecilia Taylor-Camara: “your name is written … in my book”

Cecilia Taylor-Camara is Secretary to the Office of Migration and Policy of the Conference of Catholic Bishops for England and Wales. She travelled to Greece at the end of May with CTBI and spent a week as part of a twelve woman delegation visiting refugee hotspots and refugee projects. When I set out with a…

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Naomi Project in Thessaloniki offering kindness, dignity and support

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Naomi Project in Thessaloniki offering kindness, dignity and support

Rev Kathryn Viner is minister of Malone Presbyterian Church in Belfast. She recently visited refugee camps and refugee projects in Greece on behalf of the Irish Council of Churches as part of a CTBI delegation of women from churches across Britain and Ireland. I’d seen the images on the news, read the newspaper articles and…

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Day 2: “They wanted to be reunited with their families”

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Day 2: “They wanted to be reunited with their families”

At the end of their second full day in Greece, Rev Kathy Galloway was joined by Church of Scotland elder Maha Campbell who was one of the two Arabic speakers in the delegation. They looked back on their time in Thessaloniki. Greek authorities had started to clear the large camp at Idomeni, so the delegation…

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