Refugee Week 2020

 On Wednesday 17 June 2020, we hosted our first online webinar marking Refugee Week 2020, Imagine: Furthering the Church Response to Refugee Issues.

We were joined by guest speakers and contributors, including The Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, author and conflict resolution expert Alex Ntung. Also guests from Education for Diversity,  Refugees at Home, Diocese of Chelmsford and East London, Canterbury Diocese and Canterbury Cathedral. 

The online event was open to everyone, to further understanding of why people seek sanctuary and to raise awareness on what the church is doing to support refugees.  We also explored how we can create new responses for unique and challenging situations.  

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If you were anable to make the event you can watch and listen to the speakers from the archive clips highlighted in the webinar agenda below.

Welcome and Introduction to the event: Reverend Dr Jonathan Arnold, Diocese of Canterbury, Director of Communities &Partnerships

Opening Prayer: The Right Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin Bishop of Dover

Seeking security and safety: a personal experience: Mr Alex Ntung, Author, speaker and Country Expert (DRC, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan) Alex arrived as an asylum seeker in the UK. Alex will offer a precious account of his journey. 

Remember in order to Imagine- Exiles and journeys; where can the Church find common ground?: Reverend Kirrilee Anne Reid: Chaplain & Refugee Project Officer, Diocese in Europe,Pas De Calais, France

Being part of the journey and creative ways to be involved: Domenica Pecoraro: Kent Refugee projects Officer – Diocese of Canterbury

Offering Safety through Community Sponsorship: Fr Gareth Jones: Refugee Support Coordinator Diocese of Chelmsford and East London:

Q&A with the panel and closing prayer with Bishop Rose