Union Chapel, as part of its Christian commitment to social justice, is aiming to work with others in developing relevant ways of theologising on migration in Europe.
Migration is a key feature of our contemporary world. The ease of travel, the globalised economy and perpetual inequalities and conflict result in the large-scale displacement of peoples.
Migration is a faith issue because:
- The majority of migrants are also people of faith, be that a major religion or a smaller minority religious group. Some migrate explicitly because of persecution of their faith community.
- Migration has a significant impact on the practice and experience of religion. Faith is a vehicle for maintaining and asserting cultural identity. It is a source of support and comfort. It is constantly changing in response to new contexts and migration impacts on the religious practice and experience of receiving communities too.
- Migration can create disruption or conflict in communities with religious identity being exploited in a hostile and sometimes violent manner.
Union Chapel Church intend to explore some of these issues by:
- Building a bibliography/library of resources
- Holding small reflection and support groups for practitioners
- Hosting a major conference at Union Chapel as the culmination/departure point for an in-depth conversation
- Updating our website with occasional papers, reflections, liturgical materials and study materials for faith communities seeking to theologise on migration