Faith Resources

Those Who Dream: Christian Responses to Migration (27 October)

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Those Who Dream: Christian Responses to Migration (27 October)

Union Chapel in Islington are hosting an event around Those Who Dream: Christian Reflections on Europe’s Responses to Migration in Europe on Saturday 27 October. The theological event aims to: honour Christian work for justice for refugees and migrants; raise delegates’ eyes beyond crisis responses; seek guidance in the sources of our faith; and ask what…

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Resilience Toolbox – strategies for coping with pressure in refugee ministry (17 November)

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Resilience Toolbox – strategies for coping with pressure in refugee ministry (17 November)

Working with refugees and asylum seekers often means helping people in very difficult situations and hearing traumatic, personal stories. Pressure can build very quickly. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and, if we’re not careful, for compassion fatigue to set in. That’s the thinking behind Welcome Churches’ Resilience Toolbox training that is being held in…

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Refugee Highway Partnership Roundtable 2019 in Sarajevo (4-8 February)

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Refugee Highway Partnership Roundtable 2019 in Sarajevo (4-8 February)

The Refugee Highway Partnership is running its Roundtable 2019 on 4–8 February in Sarajevo. Around 150 refugee workers along with church and mission leaders from across Europe are expected to attend this 17th annual event to be encouraged and share resources, best practices and practical ideas for ministering to refugees. The 2019 theme is ‘Removing…

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CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network updates (September 2018)

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CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network updates (September 2018)

CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network met on 13 September and discussed how CRN could widen its reach and more effectively share information amongst its network of Christian faith-based organisations and beyond to smaller churches and communities. Among other discussions, the meeting heard about the upcoming #welcomingeurope campaign, plans to mark the upcoming anniversary of Kinder Transport,…

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Italian church launches Welcome Manifesto

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Italian church launches Welcome Manifesto

The board of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI) recently launched a Welcome Manifesto [view in translation] that says ‘no’ to xenophobia and describes every form of racism as a theological heresy. FCEI President Luca Maria Negro spoke about what had triggered the development and launch of the principles. “For months we have heard…

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Opportunity to embrace imminent Irish community sponsorship scheme

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Opportunity to embrace imminent Irish community sponsorship scheme

Damian Jackson from the Irish Council of Churches (ICC) co-led CTBI’s visit to refugee projects in Lampedusa and Sicily last year. He has written about Ireland’s upcoming community sponsorship scheme over on the ICC blog. “A couple of months ago, I and a group of church representatives working on these issues, spoke via Skype with…

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Nadine Daniel speaking about migration, refugees and sponsorship

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Nadine Daniel speaking about migration, refugees and sponsorship

Nadine Daniel is national refugee welcome coordinator for the Church of England. She addressed the CTBI annual general meeting in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral back in May. A resident of Toxteth, she welcomed the delegates to Liverpool. While the word ‘welcome’ was an important emphasis in her job title, so too was the line in her…

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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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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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