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The treatment of refugees and migrants over the past several years has been a very much contested issue in the US and Europe. The spectrum of attitudes towards them, shared among many Christians too, ranges from the expressions of compassion and acceptance to those of hostility and aggression. Often Christians are the most vocal against the acceptance of refugees and immigrants. Too many Christians, in Europe and the US, and other places are rejecting any policy and action that would treat refugees and migrants with empathy and dignity.
The current situation begs a question: After 70 years of the 1951 International Convention of Refugees in existence, and several years of intensive and challenging migrations of people across international borders, what stand should Christians take in regard to the treatment of refugees and migrants as they come to our countries? In short, should the Followers of Jesus welcome refugees and immigrants, or reject them?
Some of the questions included in the conversation will be: Why are Christians divided so much over the acceptance of refugees and immigrants into our countries? Are you or your church, and in what way involved in aiding refugees? What obstacles have you faced in your ministering to refugees or immigrants? How can Christians help other Christians, and our communities, to welcome refugees/immigrants, and treat them with respect? What does the Jesus-centered theology of refugees and immigrants look like?
Our team of international panelists, all of them leaders with the firsthand experience in ministering to refugees, immigrants and minorities, include Ryan Smith, US; Jyl Hall Smith, US; Liviu Bocaniala, Romania; Noemi Mena Montes, The Netherlands; Ali Naghondoost, Croatia; Mihaela Kovacs, Romania; Tihomir Kukolja, US. One of our panelists has a personal experience of being a refugee.
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Join us via Zoom, Thursday 22 April, 2021, at 6.00pm GMT, and be a part of this important conversation. Register now to attend.
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