Considered by many to be the invisible faces of the coronavirus pandemic, they are particularly at risk because they often live in already poverty-stricken circumstances and have limited access to resources, water, sanitation systems and health facilities.
Refugee camps or centres do not offer the luxury of accessible clean water, hand sanitisers or physical distancing.
The impact of the lockdowns has affected migrant workers overseas and internally—they are the first people to lose their jobs or be sent home.
A global panel of speakers will share experiences and reflect theologically on the role of faith in standing in solidarity with and advocating for people on the move.
The webinar, fourth in a series of webinars on COVID-19 perspectives organised by the World Council of Churches (WCC), will feature the following speakers:
- The Rev’d Joram Calimutan, United Church of Christ, Philippines, program coordinator, Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants, Hong Kong
- The Rev’d Dr Deidre Palmer, president, Uniting Church in Australia
- Alicia Mathura, theatre arts teacher, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago
- Dr Torsten Moritz, general secretary, Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe
- Priyanka Samy, social activist and intersectional feminist, Church of South India, National Federation of Dalit Women
- The Rev’d Jack Amick, director of Global Migration and Special Assignments, United Methodist Committee on Relief (theological listener)
- The Rev’d Michael Blair, general secretary, The United Church in Canada, WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism commissioner and moderator of the WCC Mission from the Margins Working Group
Link to join the webinar on Thursday 12 November, 13.00-14.00 pm CET [Editor’s note: 10.00 pm AEST, Queensland time]
First published on the World Council of Churches website on 5 November 2020.Jump to next article