Peace & Justice Group
The name says it all really. Peace and justice is our focus - this Group is open to anyone who is interested in world and local issues, campaigns and human rights. You don't need to be a churchgoer or a member of St Andrew's to attend events organised by the St Andrew's Peace & Justice Group - please check back for updates on this page about what's coming up and how you can get involved.
Herts Welcomes Syrian Families - the movie!
Katharine Seaton, St Andrew's Church member and co-founder of Herts Welcomes Syrian Families, is crowd-funding to create an important film. Katharine explains:
" Three years ago, five people were drawn together. They were each trying to help their councils bring vulnerable people from refugee camps to Hertfordshire, UK. I was one of those five. We are now hundreds.
"Elsewhere a man and his family were fleeing great danger. They live in Hertfordshire now.
"As an aspiring maker of sound and music for multimedia forms, I want to use sound and animation to help us all understand what it was like for him, and how our community united to welcome him."
Please visit the crowd-funding page to find out more
The Asylum Dialogues
Saturday 5 March 2016, 7.30pm, St Andrew's Church
The Peace & Justice Group were proud to host a performance of The Asylum Dialogues by actors from the human rights-focussed theatre group Ice and Fire.
Scripted by Sonja Linden
Conceived and researched by Christine Bacon
Drawn from real life conversations with three pairs of friends – one an asylum seeker and the other a British citizen – this script explored the positive transformations created by their encounters with each other.
The performance has been described as: 'enlightening', 'amazing', 'exactly the kind of truth that should be presented on the British stage today', 'very moving', 'empowering', 'makes me want to take action'.
The audience at St Andrew's were clearly moved and challenged by what they heard on 5 March, and after the performance many asked questions of the director and cast to try to understand more about the issue of asylum.
The evening was free to all who came, with Ice and Fire offering their performance at no charge. Donations given by those who came totalled £300 and this was given to the Refugee Council, a UK charity helping refugees to settle in the UK.
Click here to find out more about Ice and Fire.
Resettling Syrian families in Herts
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Matthew 25,35)
In June 2015, Laila Alodaat gave a talk at St Andrew's entitled Syria: The Inside Story. The audience there were moved and graphically informed by Laila about what has been happening and how it came about. Following this, a meeting was held in July 2015 at St Andrew's to discuss how to take forward the scheme to resettle Syrian refugees in Hertfordshire. Since that meeting, and the escalation of what is now the biggest refugee crisis in recorded history, local people have come together and formed a group, Herts Welcomes Syrian Familes (HWSF). You can find out much more about HWSF at their website.
For full details about how the Peace & Justice Group are involved with Resettling Syrian refugees in Herts, please click here...
Earlier P&J Group events have included...
Peacebuilding, Prayer and...Puddings! - June 2016 find out more about the charity involved here
The Asylum Dialogues (a performance by Ice & Fire) - March 2016
Syria: The Inside Story - June 2015 find out more here
Persecution, Prayers and…Puddings?! - February 2015
We heard from Jill Nugent on behalf of Open Doors, an organisation supporting persecuted Christians in places like North Korea, Iran and China. Find out more about Open Doors here
Service of Hope - January 2015
Write for Rights Campaign - December 2014
Vigil for Bhopal - November 2014
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