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04 October 2018

Christian reflections on Europe’s response to migration.

Union Chapel, along with Christian Aid, are organising a theological event on October 27th which will be of great interest to Christians interested in, working with, and deeply concerned about refugees and migrants.

About the event
A theological event which will:

  • Honour Christian work for justice for refugees and migrants;
  • Raise our eyes beyond crisis responses;
  • Seek guidance in the sources of our faith;
  • Ask ourselves what we can do better, what more we can do and what we should do next.

Engaging Christian activists and those with curious minds and committed to justice for refugees and migrants, the focus will be on European responsibilities and the rights of those excluded by unjust systems.

Christians identify with the Jewish experience of exile and diaspora and the longing for home. This is both enriching and painful. God travels with the migrant spreading seeds of faith and hope in spite of challenges. God also travels with the Church in its journeying toward the Kingdom.

Our contemporary world puts intense restrictions on those who dream of a better future for themselves and their families. Migration provokes hostility and the increasingly hostile environment is profoundly worrying for the Christian conscience. Dreamers hope for a change of fortune and a home, where they truly belong.

The day will:

  • Challenge UK isolationism;
  • Deep dive into biblical conceptions within the Hebrew and early church experience of migration;
  • Hear theological reflections leading to political and social change;
  • Allow participants to share action.

Christian initiatives will be showcased and there will be encouragement to develop local action and national campaigning.

The event will be creative and engaging, fast moving and reflective.

Contributors

  • Claude Moraes MEP - Labour MEP and Chair of the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.
  • Dorottya Nagy - Professor of Missiology, Protestant University of Amsterdam
  • Alfredo Abad—President Evangelical Church of Spain and Secretary of the Comisión de Ayuda al Refugiado
  • Jerry Kramer - Vicar General of Zanzibar
  • Heather Roy - Secretary General, Eurodiaconia
  • Tsaurayi Mapfeka - Methodist Church of Zimbabwe
  • Simon Jones - Director of Ministerial Training, Spurgeon's College
  • Danny Sriskandarajah - General Secretary, Civicus
  • Nadine Daniel - National Refugee Coordinator, Church of England
  • Jenny Brown - Christian Aid
  • Tatiana Garavito - Society of Friends

With testimonies and inputs from people engaged in frontline work.

Programme

9.30 Registration

10.15 Morning Session
Facing the challenge | Biblical Perspectives | Interfaith considerations
The morning will include testimonies and liturgy.

1.00 Lunch provided by Damascus Chef—a new refugee enterprise.

2.15 Afternoon Session
From Theology to Policy | Faith Communities and the movement for welcome and change
Concluding liturgy

4.30 End

To Register
Visit Union Chapel Website

Phone: 020 7226 1686

  • Registration £20.00
  • Concessions £10.00
  • Lunch £10.00 (Damascus Chef—a refugee led enterprise)

This event is supported by Christian Aid.