A study resource entitled “Sanctuary for All” focuses on the Methodist response to migration and foreigners. It is specifically prepared with Churches in mind, and can be used anywhere in the world. With media attention on the global migration crisis, it is important to thoughtfully, and prayerfully consider what our response should be.
The Rev. Dr. Inderjit Bhogal, the developer of this resource, is part of the Connexional Team for The Methodist Church in Britain. He has previously worked as the Leader/CEO of the Corymeela Community in Northern Ireland, was the CEO of the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum, and served as the President of the Methodist Conference (The Methodist Church in Britain).
Additionally, several WMC member churches have made resources available to use in local congregations and for individual prayer and reflection.
- Methodist Church in Britain – Refugee Crisis: Resources, Prayers, and Updates
- The United Methodist Church – Refugee Resources
- The Free Methodist Church USA – Starting Points Toward Ministry with Immigrants and Refugees
- The Wesleyan Church – Being Neighbors to the Refugees
- The Uniting Church in Australia – Refugee Week Resources
- Encountering the Migratory God – article by David Field
If you know of resources that may be helpful, please send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: There has been recent controversy over the use of the terms “migrants” and “refugees.” By definition, migrants are generally defined as persons who choose to resettle to another country in search of a better life, whereas refugees are persons forced to flee their home country because of armed conflict or persecution. We have chosen to use the words “migrant” and “migration” as they refer to a broader group; however many of the resources listed focus specifically on “refugees.”