Everyone is being encouraged to talk to their MPs about climate change during the Climate Coalition’s Speak Up Week of Action from 30 June-8th July 2018. Churches and local groups are being asked to hold an environmentally focused event in the community – anything from having a street party, organising a local nature walk, screening […]
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 […]
Churches are being invited to take part in Sanctuary Sunday – the Sunday at the end of Refugee Week – 24th June 2018. Ideas for Sanctuary Sunday include: Invite and welcome refugees, with due faith sensitivities, to share in a gathering. This could include sharing worship, prayer, food, and listening to refugee speakers. Use the […]
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.
Methodist Friends of Judaism, together with Nottingham Liberal Synagogue, invite you to hear the stories of two peace activists, one Israeli and one Palestinian, at a fringe event of the Methodist Church conference on Monday 2 July 2018 at the University of Nottingham. Both peace activists are part of the Solutions Not Sides Programme, which […]