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Church as sanctuary to refugees

The Bishop of Manchester calls for prayer, friendship and taking a stand against hostility.

Ahead of a conference to help equip churches to offer a welcome to people seeking refuge, the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, speaks of why Christians are mandated to offer welcome to all and how churches can support refugees and asylum seekers new to this country.

The conference will be held at Salford University on Saturday 19 November and is organised jointly by the Diocese of Manchester and Greater Together Manchester. The event will update delegates on the ‘refugee crisis’, the government’s response both locally and nationally, and the complexities of the UK asylum system.

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend a number of workshops, including:

• People Welcoming People: becoming a welcoming church
• Legal Matters: understanding the law on asylum
• Accommodating unaccompanied minors
• Understanding Community Sponsorship
• Models of Welcoming Newcomers
• What is Trauma? Looking at mental health and the asylum process
• Hosting the Destitute
• Supporting Christian converts with their asylum case
• Campaigning for Change
• 28 Days: supporting the transition from Asylum Seeker to Refugee
• Understanding Islam

This event is open to all and costs £10 per person to cover the cost of providing lunch. Booking is essential via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welcoming-re…on-27599182899

For further information, contact Lily Axworthy, Greater Together Manchester on 0161 828 1409



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