About the Migration and Refugees: Where is God? Where should the Church be? course
With around 103 million forcibly displaced people across the globe today and many more living outside their countries of origin for other reasons, migration has become one of the most pressing issues of our time. In the UK, proposals to send asylum seekers arriving via small boats to Rwanda and to house new arrivals on barges have met with fierce debate.
This short online evening course will offer a very brief introduction to theologies of migration as well as facilitate some discussion as to how individuals and faith communities might engage and respond well to an ever-evolving global and national migration context. From 7-8pm, the course tutor will explore some biblical texts and stories relating to migration and highlight some key theological themes that may help us to discern where God is in it all.
After a short break, the second half of the evening from 8.10-9pm will introduce discussion of how individuals and churches might respond. Recognising that migrants are part of the church—challenging an “us” and “them” or “host” and “guest” approach—we will discuss, following an introduction of some frameworks by the tutor, possible avenues for acting together.