Archive For June 21, 2018

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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End Hostility report from Joint Public Issues Team

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End Hostility report from Joint Public Issues Team

The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) have launched their End Hostility report [PDF] calling for an end to the ‘hostile environment’, starting with a full independent review of Home Office immigration policy and practice which examines the damaging effect the policies of the hostile environment have on the whole of society. The report also calls…

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Refugee Week in Northern Ireland (18-24 June 2018)

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Refugee Week in Northern Ireland (18-24 June 2018)

Refugee Week has been celebrated across the UK annually for 20 years. Libraries across Northern Ireland along with other venues are hosting events during Refugee Week. Monday 18 June The Belfast Falls Road Library is the venue for Music Building Bridges between 4pm and 5pm. Tuesday 19. Belfast’s Whiterock Library will host a storytime and…

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Refugee Week 2018 in Wales (18-24 June)

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Refugee Week 2018 in Wales (18-24 June)

Refugee Week has been celebrated across the UK annually for 20 years. The Welsh Refugee Council’s focus this year is celebrating sanctuary: the people who find sanctuary in Wales, as well as the people and organisations who work to make newcomers feel welcome and to defend and uphold their human rights. The Council’s art programme…

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Rescue vessel #Aquarius refused permission to dock in Italy (updated)

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Rescue vessel #Aquarius refused permission to dock in Italy (updated)

A ship carrying 629 people rescued from the Mediterranean has been refused permission to dock in an Italian port. The BBC report: A rescue vessel carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy’s new interior minister refused permission for it to dock. Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League, said Malta should accept…

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Myth busting the refugee crisis

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Myth busting the refugee crisis

Writing in Tuesday’s Guardian newspaper, Daniel Trilling busts five myths about the refugee crisis in a long read that deconstructs some of the beliefs that shape policy and public opinion. Myth 1. The crisis is over. Myth 2. We can neatly separate ‘refugees’ from ‘economic migrants’ Myth 3. Telling ‘human stories’ is enough to change…

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United Against Racism study materials

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United Against Racism study materials

The ACT Now! Unite to End Racism campaign has published a book to help individuals, small groups and congregations to confront racism within their own lives and the lives of their churches. The ‘ACT’ stands for awaken, confront, transform. United Against Racism reflects the National Council of Churches’ commitment to eradicate “the entrenched racism that…

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