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Parishes navigate obstacles to help refugees arriving in UK

Churches across the UK are continuing their efforts to assist refugees fleeing Ukraine following the Russian invasion. The latest figures from the United Nations show that almost 4.3 million people have left Ukraine since the invasion. The International Organization for Migration says that 7.1 million are displaced within the country

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Honouring my curacy pledge six years on because everyone has a right to live in peace and freedom

“The enduring memory I have of the sanctuary training is the sense of unity felt by people of all ages who came together, raising their voices for refugees whose voices were being ignored. The people who participated were from different faith and no faith backgrounds. I remember one young person saying to me, as we sat on the steps of the Cathedral, ‘If church was like this, I would be a part of it!’” says The Rev’d Sue Grimmett from St Andrew’s, Indooroopilly

1,500 people turned up to the nation's largest Sanctuary vigil at St John's Cathedral on Monday 8 January 2016 to pray for hundreds of men, women and children whom the Federal Government was threatening to deport back to Nauru and Manus. Cathedral Dean The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt led the vigil, which was planned in haste
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How the churches’ sanctuary offer shone a light on the detention centre regime, turning the tide for people seeking safety

“While preparing for the hastily organised sanctuary liturgy all those years ago, I vividly remember looking for vigil candles. As I picked up a box of 100 candles in the storage room, I looked at them hoping that enough people would turn up to light them all. Later that day, as more and more people arrived at the vigil, I had to keep bringing additional candles out from storage for people to light. In the end, 1,500 people turned up. I have never been happier to be 500 short of anything in my life,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt

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We are “all children of God”

“It is common in Christian churches, including in the Anglican Church where I serve, to find a wide spectrum of understanding about human sexuality and gender. For some, this is a sensitive topic. However, what remains paramount is the absolute necessity to create an environment that enables all people to feel safe and to flourish,” says Bishop Jeremy Greaves, Chair of the Anglican Schools Commission

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"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you”

“While we were on the island building the canoe we prayed and fasted in preparation for the journey, so we were spiritually and mentally ready. We knew that if we were caught by the Indonesian military that we would be tortured or killed. We also knew that we would likely have to contend with cyclones, pirates, sharks, thirst and hunger,” says a former refugee from West Papua

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The Christmas truce of 1914

“Gradually, soldiers climbed out of their trenches, responding to each other as human beings…They walked into no-man’s-land, trusting each other and welcoming each other as they did so. This was the first time they had really seen each other – as people welcoming each other in the spirit of Christmas,” says The Rev’d Selina McMahon on the widespread unofficial Christmas ceasefires along the Western Front on Christmas Eve in 1914