Migration – reflecting on a crisis

Migrants in Hungary near the Serbian border, August 2015 (photo by Gemes Sandor SzomSzed)

Many church congregations are using worship and small group dicussions to engage with questions around migration, assylum seekers, and the responses of European nations.

What we sing, or the texts we read on these occasions, may help our thinking or reflect our dismay or hopes. On StF+, you may find it helpful to re-visit the resources we highlighted for Social Justice Sunday in 2013 (including three hymns that focus on the example of Jesus: Jesus Christ is waiting, StF 251; When I needed a neighbour, were you there, were you there?, StF 256; Would you walk by on the other side, when someone called for aid?, StF 257).

A second article prepared for the same occasion highlights hymns around two other themes: “Working with others/in the community/with the disadvantaged”; and “Justice and Mission”. See Social Justice – part 2.

On the Methodist Church’s own website, the Refugee Crisis: resources, prayers and updates page includes the 2015 Methodist Conference statement on “Migrating people and sanctuary”.

Also see All We Can’s Statement on the current refugee and migrant crisis (September 2015) and the statement made by church leaders in response to the situation in Calais (August 2015).
One contemporary hymn writer who regularly translates news headlines into hymn form is the Methodist minister Andrew Pratt. Andrew’s blog, Hymns and Books, currently contains three texts addressing migration:

Syrian refugees, Keleti railway station, Budapest, 5 September 2015 (photo by Mstyslav Chernov)

Finally, among hymns published here on StF+, you may find helpful the following texts:

Categories: Exploring themes, Worship Resources.

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