In a reaction to the Windrush scandal, calls have been made for the UK government to re-think its immigration policies. But what is the Biblical perspective? As followers of Jesus do we have any option but to welcome the stranger and to share good hospitality?
UPDATED: 2 May 2018. Revd Martin Kettle, policy advisor to the Church of England (writing in a personal capacity), argues that Christians do not want a hostile environment but want to love everyone and that means illegal immigrants too. He says the thread of Christian values running through our country’s self-identity has a real and […]
The issue Latest figures from the Trussell Trust show that foodbank use in the UK has increased 13% over last year, with the organisation having distributed 1.3 million three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Over 480,000 of these went to children. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation two thirds of working-age adults […]
Church leaders are among those outraged by the treatment of the ‘Windrush generation’ – those who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries – with many supporting a petition to be debated in the UK Parliament on 30 April 2018. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and Liberty […]
Updated 16 April 2018. The Church of Scotland and United Reformed Church (URC) have responded to the US, UK and French airstrikes in Syria. The Quakers in Britain, the Methodist Church and the Church in Wales opposed military action in Syria before the US, UK and France bombed targets in Syria on 14 April 2018. […]
A consultation on conversion to Christianity and the impact and challenges for asylum procedures is being held by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) on 2-3 May 2018 in Brussels. It is being planned on request and in cooperation with the Christian Council in Sweden, with the secretariat of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences […]
‘Justice should flow down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream’ (Amos 5.24), but today many people live in an environment where water has stopped rolling and the ever flowing streams have dried up and become ‘never flowing’.
Our Churches have a tremendous opportunity to evidence God’s Kingdom on earth by taking deliberate action to include members of Britain’s minority ethnic communities in our congregations. Our Weekly Focus looks at praise which, for the psalmist, is oriented towards the God of all creation but also despairs over human failures to practice righteousness.
A step-by-step guide explaining how community groups can sponsor and support a refugee family has been published by Social Finance, Good Faith Partnership, Refugee Action and Church Response For Refugees. The guide provides step-by-step information on the UK Home Office process showing how the many criteria such as organisation status, experience, financial commitment, housing, Speakers of […]
What happens in the long term to those people from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Nigeria and many others fleeing war, violence and persecution, who come to live in the UK. The future of today’s migrants and refugees raises an urgent question about how the Church’s mission is shaped to respond to those to whom we pledge our loving service.