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In issue 31 of the connexion we explore what ‘welcoming everyone’ means.
With the UK Government’s Illegal Migration Bill moving through the Houses of Parliament, we’re reminded by the Revd Dr Roger Walton that living ‘A Methodist Way of Life’ requires us to move beyond offering the hospitality basics (as important as they are). We’re challenged to make a stand against the hostile treatment of refugees and to speak out against racism.
To encourage us in these endeavours, this issue features stories of churches in Newcastle, Evesham, and Brighton and Hove who are opening their doors (and their hearts) to people who have fled their homes overseas in search of sanctuary. Read, too, about the Yorkshire church coffee shop that offers free refreshments on Sundays to ensure that all locals, regardless of income, may visit.
Hear from a group of Bristol young people who, through their street art, are appealing for their neighbours to contribute to a more just future for humanity and nature. And read about a visit by Judy Rogers to a Namibia refugee camp, where migrants’ faith helps them to overcome the hopelessness of their situation.
We pray that this summer edition will bless you through its thought-provoking reflections and its many examples of local worshippers welcoming everyone as part of being a justice-seeking Church.