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1 ccme churches’ commission for migrants in europe

2 ccme churches’ commission for migrants in europe migration 2010 european churches responding to migration 2010

3 The Conference of European Churches and the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe, at their parallel meetings in Cyprus, endorsed planning, launching and implementation of a joint year european churches responding to migration 2010 migration 2010 european churches responding to migration 2010

4 The Conference of European Churches and the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe, at their parallel meetings in Cyprus, endorsed planning, launching and implementation of a joint year european churches responding to migration 2010 why a year of »european churches responding to migration 2010 ? « a »WORK IN PROGRESS« starts

5 why a year of »european churches responding to migration 2010 ? « churches recognizing

6 migration is posing challenges to societies, political institutions and churches obligation on churches and each christian to “welcome the stranger” migration is an overall reality in society today R A T I O N A L E churches recognizing sociallytheologicallyhuman rights leads to... european churches responding to migration aims for: VISIBILITY VISIBILITY of the churches' commitment to strangers responding to the message of the Bible INCLUSIVE POLICY INCLUSIVE POLICY at European & national level for migrants, refugees & ethnic minority groups Churches shall be encouraged to strengthen and enhance their work with and for migrants, refugees and ethnic minority people, giving the full significance to “Being Church together” in order to face challenges, diminish fears and highlight positive aspects of migration. european churches responding to migration aims for: VISIBILITY VISIBILITY of the churches' commitment to strangers responding to the message of the Bible INCLUSIVE POLICY INCLUSIVE POLICY at European & national level for migrants, refugees & ethnic minority groups Churches shall be encouraged to strengthen and enhance their work with and for migrants, refugees and ethnic minority people, giving the full significance to “Being Church together” in order to face challenges, diminish fears and highlight positive aspects of migration.

7 leads to... european churches responding to migration aims for: VISIBILITY VISIBILITY of the churches' commitment to strangers responding to the message of the Bible INCLUSIVE POLICY INCLUSIVE POLICY at European & national level for migrants, refugees & ethnic minority groups Churches shall be encouraged to strengthen and enhance their work with and for migrants, refugees and ethnic minority people, giving the full significance to “Being Church together” in order to face challenges, diminish fears and highlight positive aspects of migration. A R E A S of A D V O C A C Y (what do we want to do/ achieve)

8 leading to... leading to... leading to... more inclusive communities and societies addressing fears in societies highlight positive features of migration A R E A S of A D V O C A C Y (what do we want to do/ achieve) P O S S I B L E A C T I V I T I E S some information and figures, describing the topic of the month, the most relevant concerns and commitments highlightened, some ideas of “What can you do?” as church member to witness the Christian message of loving and welcoming the neighbour, some “Participants’ concerns expressed at CEC Assembly 2009”, regarding migration issues are provided in the migration 2010 calendar to…

9 EXCHANGE and ENCOURAGEMENT through improvement of the visibility and fostering the meaning of existing church programmes to strengthen, improve and protect the legal status of migrants, refugees and ethnic minority groups as a basis for inclusion and participation EXCHANGE and ENCOURAGEMENT through improvement of the visibility and fostering the meaning of existing church programmes to strengthen, improve and protect the legal status of migrants, refugees and ethnic minority groups as a basis for inclusion and participation political level: right to a long term residence status after 5 years of legal stay, irrespective of the reasons of stay church level: visibility of churches’ engagement for inclusive communities & societies and work for and with migrants leads to... leads to... For your activities please use the more inclusive communities and societies addressing fears in societies highlight positive features of migration to… P O S S I B L E A C T I V I T I E S some information and figures, describing the topic of the month, the most relevant concerns and commitments highlightened, some ideas of “What can you do?” as church member to witness the Christian message of loving and welcoming the neighbour, some “Participants’ concerns expressed at CEC Assembly 2009”, regarding migration issues are provided in the migration 2010 calendar A R E A S of A D V O C A C Y (what do we want to do/ achieve) O U R K E Y A I M S

10 m o n t hf o c u s – t h e m e JanuaryUniting in diversity – Being Church togther with black, migrant and ethnic minority churches o 18 – 25 January – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity FebruaryRecognizing migrants in irregular situations MarchFighting all forms of racism and discrimination o 21 March – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination AprilBeing a citizen of the household of God o 4 April – Easter (in Western and Orthodox churches at the same date) MayCelebrating Diversity o 21 May – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development o 23/24 May – PENTECOST JuneProtecting Refugees o 20 June – World Refugee Day JulyHolyday season – migration as theme for summer camps, time for encounter, festivities and summer activities AugustHolyday season – migration as theme for summer camps, time for encounter, festivities and summer activities SeptemberAddressing environmental displacement o 1 September – Creation Day (Charta Oecumenica) – climate change, water saving. Migration as an ecumenical matter OctoberCountering contemporary forms of slavery, in particular trafficking in human beings o 18 October – EU Anti-Trafficking Day – official activities around combating trafficking in Human Beings NovemberWelcoming the stranger – migration in a globalised world DecemberRespecting migrants rights o 18 December – International Migrants Day – main focus on Migrant workers rights convention For your activities please use the

11 That’s WHY... m o n t hf o c u s – t h e m e JanuaryUniting in diversity – Being Church togther with black, migrant and ethnic minority churches o 18 – 25 January – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity FebruaryRecognizing migrants in irregular situations MarchFighting all forms of racism and discrimination o 21 March – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination AprilBeing a citizen of the household of God o 4 April – Easter (in Western and Orthodox churches at the same date) MayCelebrating Diversity o 21 May – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development o 23/24 May – PENTECOST JuneProtecting Refugees o 20 June – World Refugee Day JulyHolyday season – migration as theme for summer camps, time for encounter, festivities and summer activities AugustHolyday season – migration as theme for summer camps, time for encounter, festivities and summer activities SeptemberAddressing environmental displacement o 1 September – Creation Day (Charta Oecumenica) – climate change, water saving. Migration as an ecumenical matter OctoberCountering contemporary forms of slavery, in particular trafficking in human beings o 18 October – EU Anti-Trafficking Day – official activities around combating trafficking in Human Beings NovemberWelcoming the stranger – migration in a globalised world DecemberRespecting migrants rights o 18 December – International Migrants Day – main focus on Migrant workers rights convention

12 Visibility of the c cc churches’ commitment to strangers, responding to the message of the Bible Promotion of an i ii inclusive policy at European and national level for migrants, refugees and ethnic minority groups, through w ww work for and with migrants, refugees and ethnic minority groups Visibility of the c cc churches’ commitment to strangers, responding to the message of the Bible Promotion of an i ii inclusive policy at European and national level for migrants, refugees and ethnic minority groups, through w ww work for and with migrants, refugees and ethnic minority groups That’s WHY european churches responding to migration

13 churches’ commitment to strangers Visibility of the churches’ commitment to strangers, responding to the message of the Bible inclusive policy Promotion of an inclusive policy at European and national level for migrants, refugees and ethnic minority groups, work for and with migrants through work for and with migrants, refugees and ethnic minority groups 2010 european churches responding to migration ccme churches’ commission for migrants in europe © Thomas W. Stephan thank you please visit


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