Those Who Dream
Christian Reflections on Europe’s Response to Migration
Sat 27 October 2018
Doors open: 09:30
£20 | £10 con. | Free for those with no recourse to public funds
Entry Requirements: Under 16s accompanied by an adult
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Claude Moraes MEP – Labour MEP & Chair of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee
Dorottya Nagy – Professor of Missiology, Protestant University of Amsterdam
Alfredo Abad—President Evangelical Church of Spain & Secretary of the Comisión de Ayuda al Refugiado
Vasileios Meichanetsidis – Director Apostoli Greece
Jerry Kramer – Vicar General of Zanzibar
Heather Roy – Secretary General, Eurodiaconia
Tsaurayi Mapfeka – Methodist Church of Zimbabwe
Simon Jones – Director of Ministerial Training, Spurgeon’s College
Tatiana Garavito – Society of Friends
Nadine Daniel – National Refugee Coordinator, Church of England
Jenny Brown – Christian Aid
Ezechias Ngendahayo – Refugee Council
A theological event which will:
- Honour Christian work for justice for refugees and migrants;
- Raise our eyes beyond crisis responses;
- Seek guidance in the sources of our faith; and
- Ask ourselves what we can do better, what more we can do and what we should do next.
It will engage Christian activists and those with curious minds who are committed to justice for refugees and migrants. Focusing on European responsibilities and standing up for the rights of those excluded by unjust systems.
Christians identify with the Jewish experience of exile and diaspora and the longing for home. This is both enriching and painful. God travels with the migrant spreading seeds of faith and hope in spite of challenges. God also travels with the Church in its journeying toward the Kingdom.
Our contemporary world puts intense restrictions on those who dream of a better future for themselves and their families. Migration provokes hostility and the increasingly hostile environment is profoundly worrying for the Christian conscience. Dreamers are those who hope for a change of fortune and a home, where they belong.
The day will:
- Challenge UK isolationism;
- Deep dive into biblical conceptions within the Hebrew and early church experience of migration;
- Hear how theological reflection can move into political and social change;
- Allow participants to share action.
Christian initiatives will be showcased and there will be encouragement to develop local action and national campaigning. The event will be creative and engaging, fast moving and reflective.
Concessions: People over the age of 65, people in reciept of job seekers allowance, people in reciept of DLA or PIP, students and 16s and under.
Tickets for people with no recourse to public funds are free but please make sure to book in advance.
This event will take place in Union Chapel Bar,
Please note that our lift is currently out of order meaning the bar is only accessible by stairs. We are working hard to get it fixed but we expect it to be unavailable until mid November 2018.
Our stewards will be on hand on the night to help with this but if you have any questions do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org | 020 7226 1686 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm)
There is more information about access at Union Chapel here.
All tickets include Lunch by The Damascus Chef.
There will be a delicious meze style lunch catered by this refugee led enterprise