J&P conference to focus on migration

 The Justice and Peace Commission will be hosting its annual day this year at St John Fisher's Parish, North Harrow on Saturday, 25 October from 10am-4pm. Migration has changed the face of London and the South East. A changing EU, wars and turbulence in Africa and the Middle East, have brought thousands seeking shelter or work. The Von Hugel Institute has estimated that there are, for instance, more than half a million undocumented workers in London. They trust churches as a source of support and help. What are the implications of this and other changes for our Christian communities?

Jon Cruddas, Catholic and outspoken Labour MP, will articulate a Christian response to the new demographics. Neil Jameson heads the largest grass roots organisation of the capital, London Citizens, which demonstrates how small communities can be successful forces for change. Workshops include discussion of legal, health and welfare support for destitute asylum seekers; opposition to sex-trafficking; practical support for A10 country migrants; how to organise English conversation classes; and the increasingly powerful 'Strangers into Citizens' campaign, which calls for an amnesty for some longstay migrants. The event will also include drama from groundbreaking group Ice and Fire: Workshops from London Citizens Campaign, Strangers into Citizens on sex trafficking, refugee support and campaigning, English language teaching and migrants and health care

The Commission sees Migration as a faith challenge and opportunity for Christians in this crowded South Eastern corner of Britain. Entrance is free, commitment is costly!

For further information email justiceandpeace@rcdow.org.uk or phone 020 8888 5518

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