The web of the hostile environment

The web of the hostile environment

as the Home Secretary seeks to make the environment even more hostile the Churches JPIT report is worth reading to guide local church action

As Church leaders, the injustices of the hostile environment alarm us. The hostile environment is described as a web. Churches around the country are supporting people who have suffered hardship as a result of being caught up in it; indeed our church members are some of the very people who are at risk of destitution and discrimination.

The hostile environment spins a web of distrust and encourages suspicion. As Christians we believe that God calls us to offer welcome to the stranger and care for the vulnerable, whoever they are.
We therefore encourage you to read this new report produced by the Joint Public Issues Team. It draws together some of the latest evidence, stories and offers a Christian response. Our Christian faith calls us to pray and work for a society founded on trust, respect and love for one another. Let’s work together for a truly hospitable environment.

Revd Lynn Green General Secretary of the Baptist Union
Revd Richard Frazer Convenor of the Church and Society Committee of the Church of Scotland
Revd Loraine Mellor and Jill Baker President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
Revd Kevin Watson and Alan Yates Moderators of the United Reformed Church

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1 On 10/09/2019 Mark Strange wrote:

Oh - you are moaning about Brexit.

2 On 11/09/2019 Sarah Guilfoyle wrote:

In response to Mark’s comment. Please take the time to read the document to which the article refers as it is not “moaning about Brexit”. The document is raising serious issues and discussing the challenges facing faith communities in how to respond to the Government’s Hostile Environment agenda.

Comments on our news and blog posts are moderated and legitimate and considered political discussion is welcomed. If you would like to expand on your comment with specific reference to the article and document above please do.

Many thanks, Sarah Guilfoyle, PCN Administrator

3 On 29/09/2019 edward Conder wrote:

I wonder whether the ways of church (well many churches) contribute to the problem.
Does the bias for discrimination lie within the theology of salvation being for only those who accept Jesus as their saviour and their God? In the concept of a post-death division to heaven or hell? In the internalising of the idea of “them and us”?
It is a schismatic concept that has been preached from Christian pulpits for many generations, and is a trend followed by most religions,  but it does seem to cut across the principles that Jesus taught - and perhaps of this article.
Do we need to think again?  Can we, without destroying the ecclesiastical edifice?

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