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Baptist responses to the refugee crisis 

Baptists have been responding in a variety of ways to the worsening refugee crisis. Please follow the links for more: 

 

Statements

A statement from General Secretary the Revd Lynn Green, with action points for churches 9 September 2015

Statement from Lynn Green explaining the call for a National Refugee Welcome and Resettlement Board 11 September 2015

A statement on the situation in Calais - a joint statement from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church 14 August 2015

Letter sent from Free Churches Group to EU and Schengen Member States ahead of Justice and Home Affairs Council on migration on 14-15 September
 

Stories

Baptists join call for a co-ordinated response to refugee crisis - and local church members encouraged to add support to Citizens UK's case for a Refugee Welcome and Resettlement Board - Baptist Times

Baptists offer 250 bed spaces for Syrian refugees in just over one week - Baptist Times

Responding to the refugee crisis - different ways Christians can respond to the worsening refugee crisis - Baptist Times

BMS World Mission is supporting partners working with migrants and refugees not only in Syria and Lebanon, but Iraq, Italy, Thailand and South Sudan. 

A Baptist church planter in Austria has detailed the short and long term response of Austrians, including those from his church, to the crisis - Baptist Times

Yorkshire Baptists have been encouraged to sign a petition asking that the UK accepts more asylum seekers and increases support for refugee migrants in the UK. The petition is here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/105991 Yorkshire Baptist Association

More than 9,000 people have volunteered to foster refugee and migrant children fleeing the crisis in the Middle East - Christian Today

Krish Kandiah, member of the leadership team at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Thame and founder of Home for Good, produced a widely circulated short film which highlighted how many biblical characters were refugees, and outlined five practical responses.

Cornerstone Baptist Church in Thame is also featured in The Guardian discussing ways to respond to the crisis.

Christians in the North East have issued a statement and prayer in response to the refugee crisis. Signatories include two Baptist regional ministers.

Minchinhampton Baptist Church members pledge to offer hospitality to refugees - Stroud News Journal

Baptist church to open doors for prayers following refugee crisis - St Helens Star

Derby Baptist minister 'overwhelmed' by generosity as she takes in donation for Syrian refugees - Derby Telegraph

Thomas Klammt, coordinator of international churches for the German Baptist Union, discusses the refugee crisis and Germany's response in a new Ethics Daily video interview

Understanding Calais - it’s been the focus of much coverage this summer – but beyond the headlines what’s life like for those living in the Calais “Jungle”? And is there anything those moved by the unfolding humanitarian situation a few miles from our shores can do to help? A number of Baptist Christians visit Baptist Times
 

Prayers/reflections

Baptist minister the Revd Phil Jump offered some reflections in response to the refugee crisis, which was shared through the Joint Public Issues Team. Baptists are working ecumenically through JPIT to explore how we might use our collective voice to call for an ongoing response that represents the values of God’s Kingdom.

There are a number of prayers on our prayer page