Resources during the Refugee Crisis

The Diocese of Leicester Senior Staff hope that the attached pages of resources will be helpful to those wishing to preach, pray and act in the light of the current refugee crisis:

 

 

Refugee Crisis Resources

The following pages are prepared to assist Christians to reflect, pray and act in the light of the crisis facing displaced people in Europe as a result of the ongoing conflicts in Syria and elsewhere. We do not claim this to be a comprehensive resource but it provides useful pointers for clergy and those who lead prayers and services, helping us to respond.  

1.    Financial Assistance to support Refugees

Christian Aid suggest the following two ways financial support can be given:

In Europe, we work with partners in the ACT Alliance and other agencies to support practical and political action to help those fleeing, and address the longer term issues. Donors wishing to support refugee relief in Europe can donate to Christian Aid to support work by our ACT Alliance partners. Those specifically wishing to support work in Calais might wish to contact Caritas France (Secours Catholique).

 

Tearfund:

Following the tragic scenes of hundreds of thousands of refugees attempting to flee to Europe from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea and many other countries, Tearfund has launched a new Emergency Fund to bring desperately needed help and support.

Now we are partnering with church groups in Europe, enabling them to offer care, support and aid to those that have already fled and are in huge need.

The Tearfund Refugee Appeal will fund this vital work in Europe as well as helping some of the millions who are displaced or refugees within the Middle East itself.  DONATE NOW

 

British Red Cross also have a Refugee Appeal:

Desperate families have no choice but to risk their lives to flee war and persecution.

They urgently need your help. Please, give what you can right now.

You may have seen the shocking images in the media over the last few days. Images showing desperate scenes of families who have lost their loved ones. Families on a terrifying journey in search of safety. They need food, water and medical care. Please donate today. 0300 023 0825Pl

2.    Prayer Resources

Church of England Prayer for Refugees

Heavenly Father,
you are the source of all goodness, generosity and love.
We thank you for opening the hearts of many
to those who are fleeing for their lives.
Help us now to open our arms in welcome,
and reach out our hands in support.
That the desperate may find new hope,
and lives torn apart be restored.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord,
who fled persecution at His birth
and at His last triumphed over death. Amen                    

 

Tearfund Prayer

Lord God, help us to remember those who tonight will go to sleep unfed and unwelcome, strangers in foreign lands, people who have fled for their lives and are far from their homes.

We lift up to you those who are escaping persecution and conflict, such as the thousands from East Africa and the Middle East who are camped in Calais, having fled death, torture or ruthless exploitation. So many carry wounds, mental and physical. So many have suffered so much.

Lord Jesus, give us more of your compassion for their plight, soften our hearts to their situation, and help us follow your lead in seeking justice and mercy on their behalf. And Lord, we pray for an end to the wars, poverty and human rights abuses that drive desperate people to become refugees in the first place.

We give thanks for staff and partners working in these troubled countries, and ask for more of your blessing so we can bring life, dignity and hope to those that remain.

Father, we thank you that you are Lord of all the earth and all its people are loved by you.

We pray these things in the name of your son who was himself born into the troubled life of a refugee.Amen                                                                                                                             

A prayer from Cafod by Annabel Shilson-Thomas  - Leaving security behind

God, our fellow traveller,

give us courage to leave security behind

that we may take the path of risk

and become your pilgrims.

Give us courage to tread the road of dispossession

that we may reach out to those we meet

and share their load.

And give us grace to listen to those whose voice is lost

That we may hear their cry and shout out for justice. Amen.

 

3.    Resources for Christians thinking about migration

 

Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders -  a statement from the UNHCR, 2013:

http://www.iafr.org/downloads/handouts/unhcr/Welcoming%20the%20Stranger%20-%20Affirmations%20for%20Faith%20Leaders%20UNHCR.pdf

 

Archbishop of Canterbury on the Migration Crisis (03.09.15) :

http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5606/archbishop-of-canterbury-on-the-migrant-crisis-?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ArchbishopOfCanterbury+%28Archbishop+of+Canterbury%29

 

The Bishop of Dover on the Migration Crisis (01.08.15): http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/01/church-attacks-david-cameron-language-asylum-crisis

 

Migration: articles to download from the Spring 2015 edition of In Transmission, from the Bible Society, including:

·         More than neighbours?: The Old Testament as a resource for thinking about migration

·         Behind the headlines: A critique of UK immigration and asylum policy

·         Immigration and the moral status of borders

·         Welcoming the stranger: Life with Restore

·         The Bible as a catalyst for new life: An immigrant perspective

 

http://www.biblesociety.org.uk/about-bible-society/our-work/bible-in-transmission/the-bible-in-transmission-spring-2015/

 

Thinking Biblically about Immigration – a booklet from the Jubilee Centre, free to download at:

http://www.jubilee-centre.org/tba-immigration/

 

Europe’s Refugee Crisis: focus on the need not the numbers – article from Christian Aid:

http://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/areas-of-concern/refugee-crisis.aspx

 

Immigration and Justice: how local churches can change the debate on immigration in Britain – a 2015 booklet, from the Jubilee Centre, with four sections:

Available at £3.50 from  http://www.jubilee-centre.org/immigration-and-justice-booklet/

 

 

A Christian Response to the Humanitarian Crisis in the Mediterranean- an article written in April 2015 by Thomas Albinson, WEA Ambassador for Refugees; includes pointers for both reflection and action:

http://www.worldea.org/news/4555/a-christian-response-to-the-humanitarian-crisis-in-the-mediterranean

 

 

5 Reasons Followers of Christ Seek the Protection and Welfare of Refugees – also by Thomas Albinson:

http://www.iafr.org/downloads/handouts/5%20Reasons%20Followers%20of%20Christ%20Seek%20the%20Protection%20and%20Welfare%20of%20Refugees.pdf

 

A Place of Refuge: a positive approach to asylum seekers and refugees in the UK – ‘a contribution to study, discussion and action’ from the Church of England Mission and Public Affairs Department, 2005 (Church House Publishing). Can be downloaded (78 pages) from:

http://www.irr.org.uk/pdf/place_of_refuge.pdf

 

 

Migration in the Light of Catholic Social Teaching – a news report from March 2015, detailing the five key principles that guide the Church’s view on migration: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/News/Teaching-on-Migration

 

Asylum in Britain: A question of conscience by Anthony Harvey – a (65 page pdf)book, from a Methodist perspective, on the theology behind the giving of asylum, available to download at: http://www.methodist.org.uk/mission/asylum-and-immigration

 

Recommendations For The Development Of Safe And Legal Paths To Protection In The European Union - issued in November 2014 by pan-European Christian organisations:

http://www.caritas.eu/sites/default/files/christian_group_recomm_for_safe_legal_paths_to_protection_final.pdf

and

http://www.caritas.eu/news/christian-ngos-demand-safe-and-legal-pathways-to-enter-europe-0

 

Refugees in the Bible - a booklet from the International Association for Refugees (US-based):

http://www.iafr.org/downloads/handouts/Refugees%20in%20the%20Bible.pdf

 

Immigration and the Bible: A Guide for Radical Welcome – small group discussion guidelines produced by United Methodist Women in the US:

http://christianchurchestogether.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Immigration-Bible-Leaders.pdf

Continued controversy in Australia:

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jul/01/ama-joins-protest-against-asylum-law-that-can-jail-detention-centre-staff

 

‘Prayer for Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ :

http://nouwen-network.com/Refugee%20Prayer.pdf

 

‘Prayer from a detention centre for boat refugees’ :

http://www.ccme.be/