Bishops host conference on welcoming refugees


undefinedThe bishops of Manchester and Stockport will host a conference aimed at equipping individuals, churches and communities to respond practically to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers. The conference will be held at Salford University on Saturday 19 November 2016.

The Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, will open the conference and the Bishop of Stockport, Libby Lane, will give a reflection on the imperative to welcome strangers in our midst. The conference is designed to help churches and communities explore how they might better welcome people who have been displaced and are seeking refuge.

Bishop Libby said: “The church can play an important part in helping communities welcome refugees and asylum seekers. I want to encourage reflection on how we do this and why it is our calling to welcome those who seek refuge.”

The event will update delegates on the ‘refugee crisis’, the government’s response both locally and nationally, and the complexities of the UK asylum system.

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend a number of workshops, including:
•        People Welcoming People: becoming a welcoming church
•        Legal Matters: understanding the law on asylum
•        Accommodating unaccompanied minors
•        Understanding Community Sponsorship
•        Models of Welcoming Newcomers
•        What is Trauma? Looking at mental health and the asylum process
•        Hosting the Destitute
•        Supporting Christian converts with their asylum case
•        Campaigning for Change
•        28 Days: supporting the transition from Asylum Seeker to Refugee
•        Understanding Islam

This event is open to all and costs £10 per person to cover the cost of providing lunch. Booking is essential via