The issue Continuing from last week’s focus on Christian unity, we bring a reflection from our materials from the 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, The Well is Deep. They are based on John 4:1-42 where Jesus was compelled to go through Samaria and met a Samaritan woman at a well, where Jesus said […]
The issue As we prepare materials for the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we look back to a previous year and ask ‘Is Christ divided’? Our resources for 2014 were based around Paul’s provocative question in 1 Corinthians, ‘Has Christ been divided?’ In faith we respond, ‘No!’ yet our church communities continue to […]
There can appear to be a clash between caring for the poor and caring for the planet. All the talk about tackling global warming, about carbon footprints, greener lifestyles and the need for renewable energy might seem to take us away from focussing on justice for the world’s most vulnerable people. Yet this is a false dilemma. The fact is that it is the world’s poor who are suffering first and suffering worst in a world affected by avoidable Climate Change.
Four churches represented by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) are calling for an end to the ‘hostile environment’ – UK government policies designed to make life so difficult for people who cannot prove they have the right to live in the UK that they will choose to leave. The hostile environment ‘deliberately inflicts destitution, encourages […]
The issue Crisis has launched a plan to end homelessness in Great Britain, called Everybody In, endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The charity says rough sleeping levels in England have increased by 132% since 2010 and by 16% since 2015, and 58,000 households were accepted by local authorities as homeless in 2015/16, […]
Christine Elliott, Director of International Programmes for CTBI, and Bala Gnanapragasam, the Vice President Designate of the Methodist Church in Britain, visited churches and organisations in Italy that help refugees, during April 2018. Those visited included the Federation of Protestant Churches of Italy (FCEI), the Community of Sant’Egidio and Mediterranean Hope, which together work on […]
This report from the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) aims to summarise some of the current concerns of European churches on EU asylum and migration policy – a policy which also heavily influences asylum and migration policies in countries outside the EU. The publication describes the problematic reality of EU policies, explains some […]
During Refugee Week a guide to refugee law in the UK is available free from the Free Movement blog from Colin Yeo, a barrister, writer, campaigner and consultant specialising in immigration law. The book looks at: What is the legal definition of a refugee? What level of danger or suffering is necessary before a person […]
Today, 244 million people are on the move as international migrants and over 65 million people have been forced to move. Refugee Week runs from 18-24 June 2018 with Sanctuary Sunday taking place on 24 June 2018. Our reflection this week was written by Inderjit Bhogal and comes from our 2015 Racial Justice Sunday material. Inderjit has made a version of the resource available for Sanctuary Sunday.
A CTBI-organised visit to China last year was designed to look at the history of mission in China by visiting two historic centres; Shimenkan in the South West province of Guizhou and Shenyang in the North West province of Liaoning. The China Forum of CTBI has had to review its way of working in recent […]