Thursday, 1 September 2011

Migration: Building Bridges or Barriers?

The Church puts the sacredness of human life at the forefront of the migration debate.  As Christians, the dignity and equality of all human beings is fundamental to our belief.  We are all created in the image of God and are loved by God as part of one human family. The Scriptures challenge our preconceptions about each other and call upon us to speak out about injustice where we find it. Jesus was never afraid to cross social, cultural, geographic and religious boundaries. Racial Justice Sunday provides us with an opportunity to work together to create a society where the hatred, which breeds violence and division, is unacceptable and where everyone in our society, including all migrants, are allowed to realize their full potential and their human dignity.

This paragraph is from the long awaited Churches Together in Britain and Ireland's publication for Racial Justice Sunday, Migration: Building Bridges or Barriers?  The publication can be downloaded from the site and includes background material as well as biblical relflections, sermon notes, personal stories, hymns, prayers and resources for use with children.

The material is based upon the experience of the Migration 2010 initiative of the Conference of European Churches and the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe.A message delivered at the International Migrants Day towards the end of the year fills in some of the detail.

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