Brexit is triggered! What is God saying about Migration?

Today Marks a significant day in the life of the nation as our Prime Minister, Teresa May triggered the important Article 50! What this means is that our exit/Brexit from the European Union (EU) is now certain and there is no turning back. We now have to wait and work out how this affects the status of EU workers, students, diplomats and citizens in the United Kingdom. Added to this scenario is Nicola Sturgeon’s relentless effort to lead Scotland in a Second Referendum. One question Brexit definitely raises is our view on migration and migrants. For us Christians, the question should be what has the Bible has to say about migration and what do we as Christians think of migrants? Should our opinion on this important subject be shaped and dictated by public opinion or has the Bible has something to teach us?

I have been working on a resource with other colleagues (Rev Dr Steve Finamore, principal of Bristol Baptist College and Rev Wale Hudson-Roberts, Racial Justice enabler of the Baptist Union of Great Britain) titled, Moving Stories: The Bible and Migration (A Series of Bible Study Reflections). The resource has contributors from the Majority World (Caribbean, South Asian, Central Asian, African) bringing their own perspective on the subject of migration. Topics covered includes, Reverse Mission, Economic Migration, Syrian refugees, Uncompanied minors in Calais, France, Migration and Persecution, Migration and Land, the trans-atlantic slave trade and Diaspora theologies. This resource is designed to be used in Bible study groups, house groups, cell groups or any other groups interested in discussing what the Bible has to say about migration. At the end of each study are questions to aid discussions and reflections.

To read or use these free resource please follow this link to download Bible and Migration

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About israelolofinjana

Rev Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister and has pastored Crofton Park Baptist Church (2007-2011) and Catford Community Church (2011-2013). He is currently the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multicultural church in south east London. He is Nigerian coming from a Pentecostal background. He holds a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and MTh from Carolina University of Theology (CUT). Israel is the editor of “Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK” and author of “Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe” and “20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria” He has spoken in a number of conferences regarding reverse mission and Black Majority Churches (BMCs) and has also contributed to academic journals and Christian magazines on the subject of Black Majority Churches (BMC) in Britain. He is currently co-opted as a member of the Baptist Union Council. Israel is also one of the Directors of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World an initiative design to train and equip pastors and missionaries from the South. He is a member of the Global Connections council. When he is not preaching or writing he is playing with Lego! He is happily married to Lucy who works as an administrator and research co-ordinator for the Evangelical Alliance. She is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), earning a BA in Social Anthropology and International Development. Lucy loves baking and watching movies!
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