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 […]
Over 1.5 million people were destitute in the UK in 2017 says a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). This week we continue exploring what the Bible teaches about poverty, again based around our 2014 Lent course. Churches have a special interest in speaking about poverty – the Bible teaches us that the voices of the vulnerable and underprivileged must be heard by the rich and powerful.
‘What does a church of the poor look like?’ This question was asked recently by Church Action on Poverty. The phrase originates from Pope Francis, who said he wanted ‘a poor Church, for the poor’. In this Weekly Focus, based around our 2014 Lent course, Parables and possessions, we encourage you to consider how being poor in Britain and Ireland in the 21st century invites more ridicule than sympathy.
While 176 states ratified the UN climate change agreement in Paris two years ago, the big remaining issue is climate finance – poorer countries need the funding they have been promised for emissions reductions to be delivered. As Christians, we have responsibilities to care for the poor and the planet. So we need to be aware of the issues and know what we can do both as individuals and as churches.