See below some resources gathered by Leicester diocese:
Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders – a statement from the UNHCR, 2013:
Archbishop of Canterbury on the Migration Crisis (03.09.15) :
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
Thinking Biblically about Immigration – a booklet from the Jubilee Centre, free to download at:
Europe’s Refugee Crisis: focus on the need not the numbers – article from Christian Aid:
Immigration and Justice: how local churches can change the debate on immigration in Britain – a 2015 booklet, from the Jubilee Centre, with four sections:
- Part 1 examines immigration in contemporary Britain. It digs into the data, suggests some useful categories for thinking about immigrants, and explores perceived anxieties around EU migration.
- Part 2 offers a biblical foundation to the issue of immigration, considering how Israelite society responded to immigration, and how they were called to model something more than justice.
- Part 3 seeks to apply this biblical knowledge as a Christian framework for contemporary Britain.
- Part 4 proposes a set of initiatives for local churches to take as missional responses to the challenges and opportunities presented by immigration.
Available at £3.50 from http://www.jubilee-centre.org/immigration-and-justice-booklet/
Ideas on how to respond:
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:
5 Reasons Followers of Christ Seek the Protection and Welfare of Refugees – also by Thomas Albinson:
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:
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:
Refugees in the Bible – a booklet from the International Association for Refugees (US-based):
Immigration and the Bible: A Guide for Radical Welcome – small group discussion guidelines produced by United Methodist Women in the US:
Continued controversy in Australia:
‘Prayer for Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ :
‘Prayer from a detention centre for boat refugees’ :