Refugee Highway Partnership Meeting Invitation to Romania

IMPORTANT

I have just received this invitation through email. I post it heree, in case any of my friends are interested to apply.

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Only four weeks remain until the 2017 RHP Europe Roundtable officially convenes in Budapest 6-10 February. Currently, there are 95 people registered coming from 19 different countries. We are praying for 50 more to sign up in order to adequately represent the work and challenges for those engaged in refugee ministries across Europe.

As we don’t have anyone from Romania signed up yet, could you help me to extend another warm invitation to come!

It is not too late to register, but do not delay as we would like to accommodate your hotel room requests and prepare adequate resource packets for all participants.

To register, please click HERE.

If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Hanna Krueger at roundtable@rhpeurope.net

We hope to see you in Budapest.

Matthew S. Paschall
UWM Europe Regional Team
Leadership Development – Strategic Partnerships – Diaspora Ministries
matt.paschall@uwm.org

Budapest, HUNGARY
+36 30 365 5564
WhatsApp -Viber – Voxer
Skype ID: mnpaschall

Here is the poster announcing the meeting

rhp-2017-flyer-english

 

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The Patriarch, the Pope, and the Refugee Crisis | John Chryssavgis | First Things

The significance of the joint visit to the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Saturday, April 16, 2016, by . . . .

Source: The Patriarch, the Pope, and the Refugee Crisis | John Chryssavgis | First Things

‘The power of ecumenism lies in beginning to open up beyond ourselves and our own, our communities and our churches. It is learning to speak the language of care and compassion. And it is giving priority to solidarity and service.’

CEEAMS – Green pastures? Human Mobility and Christian Communities in Central and Eastern Europe

The Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies (CEEAMS) is pleased to invite you to the conference

Green pastures? Human Mobility and Christian Communities in Central and Eastern Europe

After the fall of the Communist system, migration experiences in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) intensified and diversified. During Communist times emigration existed in forms of political asylum-seeking or through creative ways to reach the so-called West. Also exchange studentships to befriended countries were some of the variations of migration. While the opening of the political borders after the “changes” in 1989/1990 did generate migration from CEE to mainly Western Europe and North America, migration to CEE through people
such as missionaries, international investors, tourists, small entrepreneurs, labor migration, students, professionals had a significant impact on community formation. Typical to these migrations was that it included people from all over the world, from west and north and east and south. Since most of the post-communist countries did not have well-developed migration policies, CEE became an intently diverse field where people of all sorts with a variety of aspirations arrived and left. The “Yugoslav Wars” challenged some of the Balkan countries to experiment with asylum-seeking and refugee services.

Another significant event regarding migration experiences in CEE was the enlargement of the European Union with new, former communist member states. This resulted in substantial labor migration from CEE to Western Europe, especially from Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria, but now also from Hungary and other countries. The consequences of the ” Arab Spring”, especially the complex wars in Syria, intensified the refugee question. Next to the cross-border migrations, domestic migration further complicates the processes of transformations in CEE societies. Also the fragility of the internal political situation in a number of CEE countries – with growing right wing tendencies targeting the “foreigner” (read e.g. Roma people, Muslims, and Arab) in their rhetoric – add to these complexities.
Discussions about and responses with immediate action programs (like e.g. building fences etc.) to certain phenomena generated by migration, became part of the daily life at all levels of societies.

Christian communities, churches and other faith communities are part of the above described societies and migration experiences. In their daily service they encounter situations which demand grounded theological-missiological answers, because after all, migration experiences are about human lives and changes in human lives and societies. Missiologists, theologians, and reflective practitioners are challenged to theologically- missiologically reflect on questions about human mobility in this region and their relation to the larger worldwide processes, in order to adequately assist the work of churches, ministers, pastors, and above all church members to find contextually relevant answers. In order to address the issue of human mobility, one needs to dig deeper: it is not sufficient to create Christian discourses about migration by collecting proof verses from the Bible which talk about people on the move, and about the position of strangers. Digging deeper asks for self-reflection: what is going on in Christian communities in terms of migration? What do Christians in this part of the world believe about different aspects of migration and why do they do so? What are the most striking aspects of migration which need theological attention? Continue reading “CEEAMS – Green pastures? Human Mobility and Christian Communities in Central and Eastern Europe”

How could countries that see themselves as Christian close their doors to needy foreigners? | Lapido Media – Centre for Religious Literacy in World Affairs

SLOVAKIAN weekly newspaper editor Juraj Kusnierik offers a personal view of the crisis now engulfing the European Union.

Source: How could countries that see themselves as Christian close their doors to needy foreigners? | Lapido Media – Centre for Religious Literacy in World Affairs

This is an excellent article written by my Slovak friend Juraj Kušnierik.

 

The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained

Why is the refugee crisis all over the news? How is this related to Syria? Why should we care at all?

The Bible Is A Story about Refugees – A Biblical Lens for the Current Refugee Crisis

n this 50 sec clip, Dr Chris Tilling, Senior New Testament Lecturer at St Mellitus College, and Tearfund supporter, offers Christians a Biblical-lens for the current refugee crisis.

Enabling Displaced Iraqi Christians to Return – A VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENT

Some time ago I have initiated a research project on the situation of the refugees that were victims of the violent conflict in Iraq, with an emphasis on religious minorities, particularly Christians.

The study was realised by Midde East Concern and is now available for distribution.

Here is a summary of its findings and recommendations: Continue reading “Enabling Displaced Iraqi Christians to Return – A VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENT”