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Sacred Conversations on Migration

This is a collection of resources to enable, encourage and stimulate what we are calling ‘sacred conversations’ on migration. It for use in congregations and by small groups. To this collection we will be adding more materials as we receive them or are made aware of any such resource relevant to the theme @home in a strange place.

In using the materials we note the following:

  • Read firstly the introductory leaflet (@home in a strange place).
  • Afterwards have a look at some model conversations we have provided to help you get your conversation going. You can use any of these, either as we have suggested or as you may wish to redesign to suit your own context.
  • The resources are grouped together under two broad categories: primary resources and other or secondary resources. Under each category the resources are further subdivided to help you find them easily.
  • Should you use any of the resources, we would very much appreciate if you can to let us know of your experience in using the resources (what worked well? What did not work so well? What else we need to consider?). To help with your feedback, kindly see the evaluation resource sheet below ('your feedback matters').

Primary Resources [to enable conversations]

sacred conversations [the idea and some suggested outlines for conversation]
@home in a strange place flyer [introducing sacred conversations on migration]
your feedback matters [evaluation form]

model conversations [some suggested format and content]
@home - journeying
(conversation and questions. This model is for churches that may have projection/film faclities)
@home - entertaining angel
(conversation and questions. This model is for churches that have projection/film facilities)
@home - moved
(This model uses audio recordings for conversation and questions. A short video clip titled 'moved' is available upon request)
@home - real life images
(This is a collection of photo images with questions for conversation accompaning each image)
@home - walking with stranger
(This model is a collection of short stories with questions for discussion)
@home - your outline model for a conversation
(This is a suggested outline of a conversation shape, with some pointers on planning a conversation and the qualities of a sacred conversation.)

worship - liturgical
stations of the cross [through images and stories of today's refugees]
Vigil Service for Refugees [ecumenical service]
Intercession for those who have lost their lives [CCME]
Beyond Borders - Ruth [sermon]
My Neighbour - Ruth [sermon]
Journeying [bible study and worship]
Seeking a home [prayer]
Fears [prayer]
Strange place to born [reflections]
Various Services and Resources [by Carla Grosch Miller]
Prayer and Other Resources[Churches Together Merseyside]
Prayer Resources [Baptist Together]
Prayer Tree for Refugees [Bible Society]
Hymn - God travels with us [Colin Ferguson]

poetry and reflections
Imagine a world [Karen Campbell]
They ask me where I come from [Karen Campbell]
Who is my neighbour? [Karen Campbell]
Home [Warsan Shire]
A URC Minister reflects/speaks [the Revd Melanie Smith]
Students Reflecting on @home [Holly Scott-Riddel; True deBolt; Loh Wan Ling]

resolutions and declarations
URC and Synod Resolutions [GA, Mission Council, Wales, Scotland, Eastern]
Northern Synod [Resolution on Refugees]
The Birmingham Declaration 2014


Moved audio only

Moved audio questions

Other Resources [to further support conversations]

Making History Work [Collection of family Histories and Migration Stories]
Bangla Stories [Stories of Migration as told by 8 interviewees]
Countries Promoting the Integration of Migrants [figuring the stats]
Migration Timeline [Britain in Global context - interactive]
Welcoming the Stranger [Resource booklet of Churches Together - the Merseyside Region]
Mapping Global Refugee Crisis [New Internationalist Map Overview]
Mapping Migration -Churches' Responses in Europe [Research by CCME]
Tangled Roots [stories across borders]
Migrant Voice [promoting the voices of migrant]

Mission, Migrants and Refugees [Juliet Kilpin reflecting]
The Star Still Shines [Jesuit Refugee Service]
Migration and Movement [Us which was formerly USPG]
The Other is my Neighbour [World Council of Churches]
Living alongside or living with [Sally Foster-Fulton reflecting]
Hospitality and Sanctuary for All [Inderjit Bhogal]
God in Exile [Jesuit Refugee Services]
Home, Belonging and Identity [Diocese of Norwich]
Focus on Refugees [Churches Together in Britain and Ireland]
Together we Walk [Church of Scotland Resource for youth]
Mission, Migrants and Refugees [Church of England, MAPG]
Free to be Freeing [CWM-Europe Resource: Reflecting on Human Trafficking]
Moving Stories - The Bible and Migration [Bible Studies from the Baptist Union of GB]

podcasts - videos
Beyond an ecology of Fear [podcast by Dr Susanna Snyder, at London Churches for Social Action]
Migration Museum Project [short videos and other resources]
Coventry Refugee Conference [Baptist Union of Great Britain]

 [With thanks to the members of Working Group for their time and contributions and to all who have kindly allowed us to use or link their resources to this page.]



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Commitment for Life is the world development programme of the United Reformed Church. We encourage participating churches to take action, pray and give for people across the world but especially in our four partner countries/region of Bangladesh, Central America (Honduras, Guatemala. Nicaragua and El Salvador), Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and Zimbabwe. We work in partnership with Christian Aid and Global Justice Now and have raised millions of pounds. To find out more about the programme, visit the resources page and look at the Intro Leaflet and order form. Use the buttons to find Stories from Partner countries, partner countries resources,  videos, worship and much more.



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NEW  2018 Service - Economy of Life

This year we are delighted that Revd Dr Catherine Lewis-Smith has written our service on the theme 'Why we should use our money wisely'. The pack includes sermon notes, service outline, a great prayer activity and all age activity ideas. Churches have adapted and used previous service outlines for their special Commitment for Life Sunday. To see the complete list of files available click here



NEW Geoffrey's Journey  Geoffreys Journey

Try this out! Follow Geoffrey's journey to Zimbabwe to see how the money your church contributes is being used to improve lives. Hear about a termite tree, how to sun dry crops and much more. This new resource is an excellent way explain more about Commitment for Life  in church or with family or children's groups. The PowerPoint has an accompanying script for those less able to hear the information.



2018 Prayer PartnersBethlehem market

A useful resource with a prayer each month, especially aimed at peace and justice concerns,

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A long term commitment
As part of our 25th year special events and resources, a group of Commitment for Life supporters visited Christian Aid partners in Zimbabwe in May. It was an inspiring and informative visit. A blog of the trip is  available to give you a flavour of what was experienced. Stories and videos will appear throughout the rest of the year. See The Revd Ruth Whitehead's reflection on the trip for the URC website.

Read stories of  inspirational people we met on the trip

NEW See a short video of the trip  and how your money is used to enhance the lives of many.




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At its 2005 General Assembly, the United Reformed Church (URC) declared itself a multicultural church. 

As a multicultural Church, the URC intentionally commits itself to an intercultural journey of embodying God's love, living-out God's word, promoting God's justice, and practicing expansive hospitality, the Jesus way. Together WE

  • affirm one human family of diverse ethnicities and cultures
  • rejoice in and treasure the variety of giftings of all
  • welcome ALL people into the community of faith
  • promote God's justice for all
  • commit to enriching every aspect of our life together
  • challenge/reject racism and all related forms of discrimination


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Useful Videos


New video from the recent trip to Zimbabwe  showing the work of Christian Aid partners there


A video from Christian Aid Bangladesh looking at the way women are vital in responding to disaster situations and the training they receive

Central America 

Tax and massive levels of child malnutrition are inextricably linked in Guatemala. Although classified as a middle income country it has the fifth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world. This is as a direct result of an extremely regressive tax system.

Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory

This videa shares some Christian Aid's work  both in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory