The concepts of Sanctuary and Hospitality are prominent in many different religions and expressions of faith. We seek to build support for the City of Sanctuary movement and to engage faith communities in helping to make our city a place of welcome for those seeking sanctuary.
Within the Faiths Stream, we encourage local faith leaders and communities to become part of the Sanctuary network through a process of learning, embedding, and sharing. This process is intended to lead faith communities to engage in practical acts of friendship and solidarity.
The Faiths Stream steering group are happy to provide guidance and encouragement for faith groups ready to embark on the Sanctuary Journey and work towards the Places of Sanctuary designation. This is a process that includes the following:
–Learn: become familiar with the legal terms and processes around seeking sanctuary, and other issues related to asylum and migration; explore and discuss as a community how hospitality and sanctuary towards those seeking refuge may be expressed in your context;
–Embed: ensure that this awareness becomes a dynamic part of the life of the faith community; look for ways to extend welcome, friendship and practical support; make this awareness part of the community’s decision-making processes; find ways to include the voices of those seeking sanctuary;
–Share: document and share your experiences on your website and social media, via your newsletter, or other media; encourage other communities within your network/denomination to join in the Sanctuary Journey as well.
We particularly encourage faith communities to mark Refugee Week each year in some way.
The resources below are;
1) ‘Hospitality and Sanctuary for All’ discussion Guide https://churchofsanctuary.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Hospitality-and-Sanctuary-for-All-2019-final.pdf
If your church, mosque, synagogue, meeting or group is ready to embark on its Sanctuary journey please do get in contact Kevin Mascarenhas email [email protected] or Abigail Sines email [email protected]