Wales v England: World Cup boycotts and the mote in our own eye

We’ve talked a bit in recent articles about the choice to boycott the World Cup by some people to protest the human rights records of Qatar.  Cue jokes about the entire Argentinian team opting to join the boycott for the Saudi Arabia game. In my last article, I argued that if we are going to… Continue reading Wales v England: World Cup boycotts and the mote in our own eye

Good news for the unsettled, uprooted and home sick

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The strapline of Faithroots is “What we believe affects how we live.”  This is because Faithroots is first of all, a theological website. One of my aims is to introduce readers to good, solid, rich and challenging theology.  But Faithroots is also meant to be a practical, pastoral site and I don’t think those two… Continue reading Good news for the unsettled, uprooted and home sick

Ministry nuts and bolts: What the pastor needs to know about asylum and immigration

This will vary depending on context but if you are serving in an urban context, then the issue of immigration is likely to play a significant part in your ministry.  What are the kinds of things you need to be aware of and thinking about? First of all, I think it will help you to… Continue reading Ministry nuts and bolts: What the pastor needs to know about asylum and immigration

Aren’t most asylum claims fake?

I’ve been writing a little this week about asylum, responding particularly to arguments about the UK’s policy of removing asylum seekers arriving across the channel to Rwanda for processing. One of the assumptions I frequently hear is that the vast majority of claimants are not genuine that they are really economic migrants using the asylum… Continue reading Aren’t most asylum claims fake?

Is there really no alternative to the Rwanda policy for refugees?

It seems increasingly rare to hear supporters of the Government’s policy of removing asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing defend the policy. Instead what you tend to get are comments along these lines: And … Now, first of all, a couple of preliminary responses.  You will notice that the presumption is that anyone who opposes… Continue reading Is there really no alternative to the Rwanda policy for refugees?

Britain isn’t in the middle of a migrant crisis

Newspaper headlines scream that we are in the middle of an asylum crisis. Britain is being swamped by asylum seekers turning up on our shores in little dinghies. This, we are told, is something the public wont put up with. Perhaps it is time for a reality check. Compared to the experience of countries on… Continue reading Britain isn’t in the middle of a migrant crisis

Is the church helping asylum seekers to game the system?

On Sunday morning a Liverpool taxi driver realised that his passenger had an explosive devise attached to him. Bravely he chose to lock the cab doors so that the potential bomber was secured in the vehicle. As a result, when the bomb went off at the Liverpool Women’s hospital significant loss of life and injury… Continue reading Is the church helping asylum seekers to game the system?

Pastoring Asylum Seekers

One of the privileges I had serving in an urban multicultural context was the opportunity to pastor asylum seekers and other immigrants seeking leave to remain.  As well as those with what you might call fairly conventional asylum claims and those who were primarily economic migrants we also saw a number of people who were… Continue reading Pastoring Asylum Seekers

Welcoming Refugees – The extra mile

There were about 35,000 asylum seekers who came to the UK last year. Some of them will have ended up at churches, some because they were Christians, whether nominally or as heart believers. Others will have come looking for help, advice, practical support  and ESOL classes. Some will have been avoided to kids clubs Toddlers… Continue reading Welcoming Refugees – The extra mile

Refugees – Blessing or burden?

Thinking back to a conversation I had with two other Christians about the Home Office’s approach to processing asylum claims, I was struck again by how much our perception of the asylum system is shaped by our view of asylum seekers themselves. If I think that asylum seekers are very likely to be fake, just… Continue reading Refugees – Blessing or burden?