Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Churches Refugee Network Annual Conference

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Notice of a conference from the April edition of CTE News:

Spring is here, and so is the Churches Refugee Network with its Annual Conference. The theme is Refugee Protection: Policies by number or a creative welcome? and it is on Saturday 4 June from 11 am to 5 pm. CRN is a network of churches throughout Britain involved with or concerned about the treatment of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. The Conference offers an opportunity to share work and to acquaint newcomers with the realities of asylum seekers' and refugees' lives in Britain.

We have changed venue, and you will now find us at the West End church of St. James Piccadilly, just off Piccadilly Circus, nicely central for all mainline stations. This year, Human Rights, its historical roots in theology and philosophy, and its current politics and practices will be the focus of our attentions. Our leading speakers have both ample theoretical and practical experience of the practice of Human Rights in refugee work.

There will be workshops on current asylum practices to share your experiences and questions, and meet new faces working in the field. And you can enjoy photo exhibitions by two refugee collectives plus a dance display by the Kosovo Dance Group Sphreza. As ever at CRN conferences, there will be a fine lunch, prepared and served by volunteers from Migrant Voice, the refugee newspaper. With a lively programme of speakers and events, we hope we'll see you there.

Cost: £15; concessions £10; free to refugees and asylum-seekers. To book your place, please contact Wendy Cooper, Church and Society, United Reformed Church, 86 Tavistock Place, London, W1CH 9RT;  020 7916 8632; Fax: 020 7916 2021.
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