Refugees and Persecution

Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2020-22

Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2020-22

Jihadists and nationalists are driving increased persecution of Christians around the world – according to a report unveiled today …
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Understanding the Times : Suffering Church Action and Awareness Week 2022

Understanding the Times : Suffering Church Action and Awareness Week 2022

We have produced daily devotional videos to help you each day of Suffering Church Action & Awareness Week to focus …
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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church : 6 Nov, ONLINE

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church : 6 Nov, ONLINE

This is an important opportunity to stand with Christians across the world from multiple denominations and organisations to pray with …
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Why Our Religious Freedom Matters

Why Our Religious Freedom Matters

Lecture given by Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro, and Author of the FCDO’s independent review of persecuted Christians, …
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History in the Making: Next Steps in Supporting Ukrainian and Afghan Refugees: an event for Church Leaders : 25 Oct, ONLINE

History in the Making: Next Steps in Supporting Ukrainian and Afghan Refugees: an event for Church Leaders : 25 Oct, ONLINE

Dr Krish Kandiah will present a special church leader briefing regarding our ongoing response …
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Understanding the Times: Suffering Church Action and Awareness Week : 22 Oct, Swindon & ONLINE

Understanding the Times: Suffering Church Action and Awareness Week : 22 Oct, Swindon & ONLINE

Please join us for our Suffering Church Action and Awareness Week Launch …
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Supporting refugees in England: small grants available

Supporting refugees in England: small grants available

Church Urban Fund has partnered with the Benefact Trust to launch our Refugee Support Small Grants Programme. Together, we are …
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‘Boris’ successor must tackle FORB abuses’

‘Boris’ successor must tackle FORB abuses’

In the build-up to the UN’s International Day to Commemorate the Victims of Acts of Violence based on Religion or …
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Faith and Frontiers: Christian Responses to the Migration Crisis : 17 Sep, ONLINE

Faith and Frontiers: Christian Responses to the Migration Crisis : 17 Sep, ONLINE

This conference will explore the Christian response to those who seek asylum and refuge …
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Vacancy: Development Officer for Falmouth & Penryn Welcome Refugees : closing date 7 Aug

Vacancy: Development Officer for Falmouth & Penryn Welcome Refugees : closing date 7 Aug

n exciting opportunity to join the charity Falmouth & Penryn Welcome Refugee Families and play a key role in supporting …
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International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief: London 2022

International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief: London 2022

Latest news from the Conference being held on 5-6 July …
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Open Doors warns of rapidly growing threat of digital persecution against Christians

Open Doors warns of rapidly growing threat of digital persecution against Christians

A new report by Open Doors UK, Digital Persecution – The New Frontier for Freedom of Religion or Belief, has …
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The Rise of Global Christian Persecution: Truro Conference June 2022 : Proceedings

The Rise of Global Christian Persecution: Truro Conference June 2022 : Proceedings

Proceedings of the recent Conference in Truro at which six of the UK’s leading experts addressed the growing and global …
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Refugee Sunday: Beyond the Welcome : 26 Jun

Refugee Sunday: Beyond the Welcome : 26 Jun

Refugee Week is happening from 20th to 26th June with Refugee Sunday on 26th June and we’ve got some great …
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Safe Car Wash App

Safe Car Wash App

Many hand car washes are legitimate businesses, but some are not. Modern slavery is happening in hand car washes in …
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U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2022 Annual Report

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2022 Annual Report

In its 2022 Annual Report, USCIRF recommends 15 countries to the State Department for designation as “countries of particular concern” …
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MPs debate violence in Nigeria following church massacre on Pentecost Sunday

MPs debate violence in Nigeria following church massacre on Pentecost Sunday

The House of Commons held on debate on the growing violence in Nigeria following the attack to a Catholic church …
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WCC urges reconsideration of UK-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership

WCC urges reconsideration of UK-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership

The World Council of Churches, in a public statement, is urging the government of the United Kingdom to reconsider the …
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Watch all episodes: ‘Why Christians should speak up for all faiths’​

Watch all episodes: ‘Why Christians should speak up for all faiths’​

This week we wrapped up our online series with the Bishop of Truro, which explored why Christians should be at …
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Sanctuary resource launch for Refugee Week : 9 Jun, ONLINE

Sanctuary resource launch for Refugee Week : 9 Jun, ONLINE

Join Church of Sanctuary and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) in launching this new Bible study: Sanctuary: the …
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Sanctuary resource for Refugee Week

Sanctuary resource for Refugee Week

A resource to support individual Christians, Church communities and ecumenical groups in reflecting on the significance of sanctuary for our …
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China's internet clampdown is step closer to 'cancelling Christianity'

China’s internet clampdown is step closer to ‘cancelling Christianity’

Christian websites in China have been suspended as new digital content …
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“Changemakers” course will help empower the grassroots for freedom of religion or belief

“Changemakers” course will help empower the grassroots for freedom of religion or belief

A new “Local Changemakers Course” is being released by the Freedom of Religion or Belief Learning Platform to help empower …
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The Sanctuary Course

The Sanctuary Course

An introduction to refugee safety, wellbeing and support …
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Refugee Prayer Hour : 26 May, ONLINE

Refugee Prayer Hour : 26 May, ONLINE

We are calling the UK Church to gather together to pray for refugees and asylum seekers during this time. We …
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Churches are invited to commemorate refugees who died at the European borders

Churches are invited to commemorate refugees who died at the European borders

In anticipation of the World Refugee Day on 20 June 2022, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) together with the …
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UK to host international conference to promote freedom of religion or belief this July in London

UK to host international conference to promote freedom of religion or belief this July in London

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) will host a global summit to promote freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) …
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Barnabas Fund Supporters' Meeting : 11 Jun, ONLINE

Barnabas Fund Supporters’ Meeting : 11 Jun, ONLINE

Incluidng updates on the emerging needs of the suffering Church at present, and Barnabas’ response, particularly in Ukraine, Afghanistan and …
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Ukraine Family Host Meet-up : 27 Apr, Truro

Ukraine Family Host Meet-up : 27 Apr, Truro

Truro Methodist Church and Truro School have come together to support the Cornish community in helping Ukrainian Refugees. Please join …
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Struck Down But Not Destroyed: 20 Years of Prayer and Protest for Eritrea: 19 May

Struck Down But Not Destroyed: 20 Years of Prayer and Protest for Eritrea: 19 May

Stand with us alongside our Eritrean friends in prayer and protest to mark 20 years since the beginning of a …
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Homes for Ukraine Sponsor Toolkit

Homes for Ukraine Sponsor Toolkit

Reset have released a sponsor toolkit for those wishing to welcome through the Homes for Ukraine programme …
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Why Christians should speak up for people of all faiths: 13 Apr-25 May, ONLINE

Why Christians should speak up for people of all faiths: 13 Apr-25 May, ONLINE

Protecting an individual’s right to choose what and who they believe in is articulated in Genesis 1 and 2, but …
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How to Welcome Ukrainian Refugees

How to Welcome Ukrainian Refugees

At this event you will hear from experienced refugee experts, Ukrainian refugees, people who have experience hosting refugees and government …
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Growing number of churches register as sponsors for new UK scheme for Ukrainian refugees

Growing number of churches register as sponsors for new UK scheme for Ukrainian refugees

ndreds of churches across the country, including Church of England parishes, are registering to help ahead of a new UK …
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The Forgotten Women: Persecuted Women and Girls from Religious Minorities : 8 Mar, ONLINE

The Forgotten Women: Persecuted Women and Girls from Religious Minorities : 8 Mar, ONLINE

Alongside first-hand accounts from survivors of sexual violence and forced conversion, the event will unpack further research into persecution of …
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Film: Sabina: Tortured for Christ, the Nazi Years : free to stream 11-13 Apr

Film: Sabina: Tortured for Christ, the Nazi Years : free to stream 11-13 Apr

Sabina: Tortured for Christ, the Nazi Years is the story of how God’s love transformed an ambitious, atheistic hedonist into one …
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Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme formally opens

Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme formally opens

Community Sponsorship groups will now be able to welcome Afghan refugees through the new Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme …
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Welcome the Stranger : 8 Feb, ONLINE

Welcome the Stranger : 8 Feb, ONLINE

An opportunity for prayer and reflection on the plight of refugees and migrants and those affected by modern slavery as …
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Lift Up Your Voice: Humanity : 3 Feb, ONLINE

Lift Up Your Voice: Humanity : 3 Feb, ONLINE

An evening listening and learning from the voices of those who are persecuted for their faith …
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World Watch List 2022 Launch

World Watch List 2022 Launch

The World Watch List is Open Doors’ annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution …
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Church event focuses on Christian conversion in asylum procedure in Europe

Church event focuses on Christian conversion in asylum procedure in Europe

The conversion to Christianity by asylum seekers in Europe has raised pastoral, theological-missiological, legal, as well as ethical questions and …
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Setting the People Free: Advent reflection by Lord Alton on those suffering persecution for their faith

Setting the People Free: Advent reflection by Lord Alton on those suffering persecution for their faith

Thought-provioking talk on persecution and religious freedom by David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool …
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All for Jesus - A persecuted discipleship study course : 2-30 March, ONLINE

All for Jesus – A persecuted discipleship study course : 2-30 March, ONLINE

Join Release International’s Head of Content and Theology Kenneth Harrod for a five week study course to understand persecution theology …
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Welcoming the Stranger

Welcoming the Stranger

Truro Community Refugee Support has been set up to support a family displaced by conflict to resettle in our community …
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Statement on the Current Threat to the Christian Presence in the Holy Land by The Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches of Jerusalem

Statement on the Current Threat to the Christian Presence in the Holy Land by The Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches of Jerusalem

The patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem have issued this unprecedented statement – a cry of the heart about …
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Statement on the English Channel boat crossing tragedy

Statement on the English Channel boat crossing tragedy

Statement from The Rt Revd John Perumbalath, Bishop of Bradwell and Chair of the Churches’ Refugee Network (CRN) …
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#RedWednesday: Falmouth Justice and Peace Action Group Service : 24 Nov, Falmouth

#RedWednesday: Falmouth Justice and Peace Action Group Service : 24 Nov, Falmouth

Marking Red Wednesday with a simple service to remember the sufferfing church and those persecuted for their faith. All welcome …
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Queen sends message of support to Coptic Christians persecuted for their faith

Queen sends message of support to Coptic Christians persecuted for their faith

The Queen has sent a message of support to Coptic Christians at the annual Coptic New Year service in London …
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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Churchn 2021 Online Service: recording

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Churchn 2021 Online Service: recording

Once again, we joined together with our friends at – Open Doors, CSW and Release International – for an evening …
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‘Find Your Welcome’, a video for refugees and asylum seekers across the UK to introduce them to the UK church

‘Find Your Welcome’, a video for refugees and asylum seekers across the UK to introduce them to the UK church

Find Your Welcome is available in Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Spanish, French and English to be accessible to as many people …
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Global Prayer Watch: Climate Change and the Persecuted Church : 6 Nov, ONLINE

We will be praying during the UN’s COP26 conference in Glasgow for God’s purposes for climate change.  We will also …
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#RedWednesday 24.11.21

#RedWednesday 24.11.21

#RedWednesday is YOUR chance to say ‘NO’ to Christian persecution and ‘NO’ to religious persecution and to use YOUR voice to …
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Bike Pilgrimage 2022 : 14 May-25 Jun, Kent to Cornwall

Bike Pilgrimage 2022 : 14 May-25 Jun, Kent to Cornwall

Retired vicar Robert de Berry is undertaking a massive sponsored bike ride for persecuted Christians in 2022 – and needs …
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Resources for your Suffering Church Action and Awareness Week service

Resources for your Suffering Church Action and Awareness Week service

Dedicate a special service on 31 October or 7 November (or another Sunday that suits your church calendar) to stand …
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Christian Persecution in Iraq - When faith is forced to flee : 4 Nov, ONLINE

Christian Persecution in Iraq – When faith is forced to flee : 4 Nov, ONLINE

Join us to hear how your support is making a real difference to the lives of Christian refugees in northern …
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Launch of Suffering Church Action & Awareness Week (SCAAW) 2021 : 30 Oct, ONLINE

Launch of Suffering Church Action & Awareness Week (SCAAW) 2021 : 30 Oct, ONLINE

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, will speak on A Suffering Church in an Age of Uncertainty …
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Fifth Folk-Carol Concert : 5 Dec, Paul

Fifth Folk-Carol Concert : 5 Dec, Paul

In aid of Syrian refugees and victims of the Beirut blast …
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Afghan Welcomer Training : 16, 22, 28 Sep, ONLINE

Afghan Welcomer Training : 16, 22, 28 Sep, ONLINE

As the church, we are called to welcome the stranger and to care for the refugees among us. h Hear …
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European churches urge EU to protect the vulnerable in Afghanistan

European churches urge EU to protect the vulnerable in Afghanistan

A joint statement on 2 September, urging the European decision makers to show humanity and act with determination in addressing …
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Toolkit for supporting Afghan Refugees

Toolkit for supporting Afghan Refugees

The Church of England has published a ‘toolkit’ of resources for parishes seeking to help refugees and asylum seekers from …
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Refugee Prayer Hour for the Immigration and Borders Bill : 5-10 Sep, ONLINE

Refugee Prayer Hour for the Immigration and Borders Bill : 5-10 Sep, ONLINE

We are calling the UK Church to gather together to pray for this new Immigration and Borders Bill as it …
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Pray for Afghanistan : 25 Aug, ONLINE

Pray for Afghanistan : 25 Aug, ONLINE

An invitation to all churches to join at Zoom prayer meeting for Afghanistan …
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Welcome Churches

Welcome Churches

If every church welcomed four people seeking refuge to their community then we could easily see our vision become a …
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Over 100 churches mobilise to help Afghan refugees settle in the UK

Over 100 churches mobilise to help Afghan refugees settle in the UK

More than 100 churches from across the country have joined forces to help Afghan refugees settle in the UK.  …
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Faith And The Persecuted Church - Bishop Philip Mounstephen - The Creation Fest Big Weekend 2021

Faith And The Persecuted Church – Bishop Philip Mounstephen – The Creation Fest Big Weekend 2021

Bishop Philip speaks about the persecuted church at Creation Fest 2021 …
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The Truro Review -Two Years On

The Truro Review -Two Years On

The second anniversary of the Truro Review this month has been marked by a webinar hosted by the Bishop of …
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G7 Prayer Breakfast addresses ‘State sponsored persecution: The G7 role in upholding Religious Freedom’

G7 Prayer Breakfast addresses ‘State sponsored persecution: The G7 role in upholding Religious Freedom’

The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, and Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, jointly hosted the …
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G7 Prayer Breakfast: The Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) for All : 13 Jun, ONLINE

G7 Prayer Breakfast: The Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) for All : 13 Jun, ONLINE

Nury Turkel, a U.S. Commissioner on International Religious Freedom will address a G7 prayer breakfast in Cornwall on Sunday 13th …
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The Children’s Society - We Cannot Walk Alone – A Refugee Week Webinar : 16 Jun, ONLINE

The Children’s Society – We Cannot Walk Alone – A Refugee Week Webinar : 16 Jun, ONLINE

Join us during Refugee Week 2021, to hear more about The Children’s Society’s work with young refugees and migrants and …
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Refugee Week: Community Sponsorship seminars : 14-17 Jun, ONLINE

Refugee Week: Community Sponsorship seminars : 14-17 Jun, ONLINE

During Refugee Week 2021 (14th-20th June) we’re hosting a range of online events where you can learn more about Community …
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Standing up for religious freedom: What it looks like and why we should fight for it : 19 May, ONLINE

Standing up for religious freedom: What it looks like and why we should fight for it : 19 May, ONLINE

ACN is joining forces with Catholic Voices (CV) to host a webinar on Wednesday, 19th May at 6pm – a …
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Week of Prayer for China : 23-30 May, AT HOME

Week of Prayer for China : 23-30 May, AT HOME

From 23-30 May, join Christian Solidarity Worldwide in praying protection over churches in China and for true freedom of religion …
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New report: Being human in the asylum system

New report: Being human in the asylum system

JRS’s new report calls for a society that welcomes sanctuary seekers as neighbours …
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Weaponisation of technology driving explosion of religious hatred in COVID era, says report

Weaponisation of technology driving explosion of religious hatred in COVID era, says report

Persecution of faith groups has drastically increased in more than 95 percent of the world’s worst-offending countries – according to …
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Launch of ACN’s ‘Religious Freedom in the World Report 2021 : 20 Apr, ONLINE

Launch of ACN’s ‘Religious Freedom in the World Report 2021 : 20 Apr, ONLINE

We invite you to the virtual launch of ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World report, which assesses the extent that …
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Is a Welcoming Environment Possible? : 29 Apr, ONLINE

Is a Welcoming Environment Possible? : 29 Apr, ONLINE

This session aims to scope an approach to asylum from the perspective of the social, racial, economic, and environmental justice …
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24 hours of Global Prayer : 14 May, ONLINE

24 hours of Global Prayer : 14 May, ONLINE

Join our online events on 14 May. During the 24-hour period our teams in the UK, Nigeria, South East Asia, …
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Refugee Week in your Faith Community : 1 Apr, ONLINE

Refugee Week in your Faith Community : 1 Apr, ONLINE

A gathering to share ideas about how faith communities can welcome and stand with refugees, for Refugee Week in June …
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Eight Contemporary Pressures on the Persecuted Church : 27 Mar, ONLINE

Eight Contemporary Pressures on the Persecuted Church : 27 Mar, ONLINE

This remote event is an opportunity to hear directly from Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, Caroline Kerslake, …
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How valuable are the EU's external FoRB activities? A conversation with the EEAS : 17 Mar, ONLINE

How valuable are the EU’s external FoRB activities? A conversation with the EEAS : 17 Mar, ONLINE

The webinar will discuss the EEAS’ policy initiatives in defending and promoting freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) around the …
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Unpacking the persecution problem: an online talk by Bishop Philip : 3 Mar : recording

Unpacking the persecution problem: an online talk by Bishop Philip : 3 Mar : recording

UEA and the Keswick Hall Trust present an online talk on Christian persecution around the world by The Rt Revd …
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Behold the Lamb of God Worship and Communion Event Release International : 1 Apr, ONLINE

Behold the Lamb of God Worship and Communion Event Release International : 1 Apr, ONLINE

Join us for an online worship and communion service for persecuted Christians worldwide on Maundy Thursday 7.30pm with Revd Imtiaz …
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APPG Launches Commentary on the Current State of FoRB

APPG Launches Commentary on the Current State of FoRB

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief has today published its latest Commentary on the Current …
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Look Beyond Borders

Look Beyond Borders

When talking about the problem of refugees, we use dehumanised language, which reduces human tragedy to numbers and statistics. But …
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God With Us: Worship resources on the theme of refugees, migration and sanctuary

God With Us: Worship resources on the theme of refugees, migration and sanctuary

The experience of the Church throughout the world is that migration enriches our common life, both secular and sacred. Refugees …
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Fiona Bruce MP appointed as new Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief

Fiona Bruce MP appointed as new Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief

Fiona Bruce, Conservative MP for Congleton and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, has …
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Parliament debates progress on Bishop of Truro’s report

Parliament debates progress on Bishop of Truro’s report

Transcript of the Westminster Hall debate on 21 Oct …
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Set Your Captives Free - #RedWednesday : 25 Nov, ONLINE

Set Your Captives Free – #RedWednesday : 25 Nov, ONLINE

On the day of #RedWednesday, join us for the launch of our Set your Captives Free report which explores four …
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Suffering Church Action and Awareness Week: SCAAW Live : 31 Oct, ONLINE

Suffering Church Action and Awareness Week: SCAAW Live : 31 Oct, ONLINE

For the first time in the 24 year history of Barnabas Fund’s annual event for the suffering Church, we will …
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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church : 15 Nov, ONLINE

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church : 15 Nov, ONLINE

This special online event will feature testimony from China, India and Nigeria, so save the date, tell your friends …
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Red Wednesday 2020

Red Wednesday 2020

Over the last five years our #RedWednesday campaign has been hugely successful in drawing attention to the human rights tragedy …
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New BARNABAS TODAY website launch : 5 Sep, ONLINE

New BARNABAS TODAY website launch : 5 Sep, ONLINE

Barnabas Today will be a platform for resources written from and for situations of suffering, to bring hope and encouragement …
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Bishop of Truro to head up new government forum for the advancement of religious freedom across the globe

Bishop of Truro to head up new government forum for the advancement of religious freedom across the globe

A new Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB) Forum has been set up following a landmark report into global Christian …
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House of Lords Symposium Marks the First Anniversary of The Publication of the Truro Review of the Global Persecution of Christians

House of Lords Symposium Marks the First Anniversary of The Publication of the Truro Review of the Global Persecution of Christians

8 July 2020 Lord Alton’s opening remarks: Closing remarks: The links to the other contributions made during the Symposiuum, which …
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Faith on the Frontline Webinar : 7 Jul, ONLINE

Faith on the Frontline Webinar : 7 Jul, ONLINE

What would you do if your church was raided by police and Bibles made illegal? Despite facing hostility and risk, …
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Barnabas Fund Supporters’ Afternoon : 20 Jun, ONLINE

Barnabas Fund Supporters’ Afternoon : 20 Jun, ONLINE

This remote event is an opportunity to hear directly from Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, Founder and International Director of Barnabas Fund, …
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Barnabas Coronavirus Emergency Network (BCEN) Launched

Barnabas Coronavirus Emergency Network (BCEN) Launched

The needs of the poor and persecuted church are urgent and must be met now. Coronavirus is creating a humanitarian …
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Standing Strong Live : 9 Apr, ONLINE

Standing Strong Live : 9 Apr, ONLINE

On Maundy Thursday (9 April), join Eddie Lyle, President of Open Doors, and church leaders from the UK, Ireland and …
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