Asylum Seekers and Refugees
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. (Psalm 84:1-3)
A scribe then approached and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:19-20)
Providing sanctuary and safe passage resonates with the story of St Albans Cathedral and St Albans Diocese through the life of Britain’s first martyr, Alban.
Alban protected the life of a Christian priest from Rome, Amphibalus, seeking asylum in England. The Roman soldiers beheaded Alban when he refused to turn Amphibalus over to them, giving himself in his stead.
Alban is an exceptional example of Christian sacrifice and hospitality – and his story provides inspiration and guidance in the current refugee crisis.
You can read and download the complete article from our Interfaith Adviser, Bonnie Evans-Hills here: Asylum Seekers & Refugees
“Would you like to make a difference?”
The Diocese of St Albans is looking to recruit a volunteer to help us provide a better response to the current global humanitarian crisis. We need help to develop the groundwork already done in the way of:
- mapping what efforts are already happening in our diocese, and help provide better advice on where to go – as a concerned individual or group, as a concerned parish, or as someone who needs help themselves,
- help in publishing a useful booklet that can be distributed to parishes, local authorities, and anyone else who is interested,
- organising fund-raising, awareness-raising and advoacy events,
- advising the diocese of ways in which we could make a difference with regard to housing, befriending and support,
- organising visits to refugee camps in Europe as part of the above programme.
We recognise this sounds a big task! But some of the work is already done, and there is already a group of dedicated people working on the ground in various capacities – “we just need someone to coordinate it all!”
Does this sound like you? If so, please email the Revd Bonnie Evans-Hills