20,000 Welcomes: an Advent vigil for refugees

This event is arranged by the Churches Refugee Network to take place on Tuesday 8 December, from 10.00 to 4.30 pm, at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster in London.

 It will be structured around three main themed sessions:

 “Re-member, re-member: exodus and exile” (10.00 to 12.00);

“Blown by the winds: conflict, climate change and current pressure” (12.00 to 2.00 pm);

“Consider yourselves at home” (2.00 to 4.00 pm); with an epilogue from 4.00 to 4.30 pm.

All are invited afterwards to attend evensong (5 pm) in the Abbey.

A range of distinguished speakers, interfaith, ecumenical and from the continent, will give talks and meditations, with contributions by refugees themselves.  Among the speakers will be Archbishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, Rabbi Helen Freeman of the West London synagogue, and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, with Christian Mesnil, a volunteer in Calais with Secours Catholique.

There will be space for silent reflection, opportunities for discussion and associated activities.

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