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Demonstrating solidarity with refugees in Europe

posted 22 Sept 2015, 05:28 by Camberwell Deanery   [ updated 22 Sept 2015, 05:31 ]
Christians across the Camberwell Deanery will have been praying about the movement of refugees across Europe, and of the needs of the men and women who are living in camps and on borders whilst seeking permanent homes.  
Seeking Sanctuary, a small Catholic organisation in Kent are working with Secours Catholique (a reputable Catholic agency in Calais) to deliver much needed aid to the camps.  Seeking Sanctuary have experience in sending provisions to Calais migrants from Catholic churches in Kent, but as of 20th September 2015, they've currently filled their warehouse and are looking for additional space. Do check their website regularly for updates.

The Diocese of Europe have set up an emergency relief fund through the organisation "US" (formerly USPG) to enable people to make donations to support anybody currently fleeing violence.  The funds will initially be directed to Greece and Hungary, which are major transit hubs for the movement of people.

Southwark Diocese has published a response to the refugee crisis to suggest that the UK might accept more than 20,000 refugees over 5 years.  The response might prove a helpful template in enabling you to write to your local MP.

The Church of England has published a prayer to guide our thoughts and help us remain mindful of our neighbours:

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.