CCJ Statement on Family Reunion

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The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) is deeply concerned that the amendment to The Immigration Bill (NC29) which would have protected the current system for family reunion has not been passed. This decision undermines the right for unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with their family. There is a strong risk that this will push many vulnerable children into the hands… Read more »

A reflection on the CCJ Presidents’ “Pilgrimage in Lockdown”

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The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE, Chair of CCJ, writes:  For me as a Christian, the discipline of pilgrimage speaks to the interior journey of the heart as much as to any physical travel or destination. Within the constrained and confined spaces that we have been subject to under lockdown, this idea of pilgrimage… Read more »

Refugees Welcome: a blog for Refugee Week

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Rev Heston Groenewald, Vicar of All Hallows Church, Leeds, and recipient of the 21 for 21 award for his work with refugees, writes: All Hallows Leeds, like many other churches, synagogues and mosques, welcomes refugees and asylum seekers with open arms. This is not a ‘program’ or slick, organised church ministry; it looks more like… Read more »

Stay Home Save Lives: a blog for Refugee Week

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Barbara Winton, refugee rights campaigner and daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton writes:   The world became a more frightening place in March. We were all quite suddenly faced with an invisible threat that could cause suffering or even kill us and our loved ones.  The message we were given by the government was to stay… Read more »

We believe that racism is abhorrent to both our traditions

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As Christians and Jews we believe that racism is abhorrent to both our traditions. We share scripture which tells us of a God of justice who creates all people in God’s image. We celebrate Biblical stories of those who stood up against oppressors. We read of God’s call for us all to oppose prejudice. Therefore… Read more »