Syrian Refugees and the Church in the West: Some Practical Suggestions

Martin Accad offers some advoce to Westarn churches in the wake of a new wave of Syrian refugees reaching Europe. Here is his conclusion:
‘What is the western church to do in the face of this unprecedented challenge? Dislodge unwarranted fear by seeking honest understanding. Be hospitable by offering friendship and community that addresses emotional and spiritual needs. Beware of spiritual manipulation when relating to the materially needy. Come out of the common human inclination for ethnocentricity, culture-centricity, and social-centricity. Care for the foreigner and refugee as though they were Jesus himself because you, yourself, were called to be a wandering stranger on this earth.’

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Martin Accad

In recent months, I have received a number of invitations from the West to speak about the crisis in Syria, and particularly about the massive refugee migration into Europe. The question that keeps coming is: ‘How should the church in the West respond to the massive refugee influx?’

I am currently in Switzerland in response to such an invitation, and I thought of putting down a few practical suggestions resulting from my own reflection as well as from some conversations I’ve been having with some good friends of mine on the topic.

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