Chichester and Arundel bishops pledge to help refugees

Bishop Martin Warner, the Bishop of Chichester - Picture by Jim Holden
Bishop Martin Warner, the Bishop of Chichester - Picture by Jim Holden

The Bishop of Chichester and the bishop of the Arundel and Brighton Diocese have outlined plans in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

The Chichester Diocese has pledged to work alongside the staff of Brighton Voices In Exile (BVIE), which has nearly ten years’ experience of working with refugees and asylum-seekers who have settled in Sussex.

In a joint statement, Dr Martin Warner and Bishop Moth said: “The persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters in Syria is horrifying in its brutality and grieves our hearts.

“With countless Christians, we welcome the British Government’s decision to receive refugees who are fleeing this terrible persecution.

“Mindful of Jesus’ teaching that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters, we do also for him, we are committed to making these people welcome in our local communities.

“Please join us to support the arrangements being made to provide for the needs of those arriving in the UK, having left behind them all that they possessed, all that was familiar and much of what gave them their dignity.”

In order to help refugees, BVIE is compiling a list of private landlords who are prepared to let properties at affordable rents but without requiring substantial deposits.

The bishops will be using their discretionary funds to support Syrian Refugees and the collections from ‘episcopal services’ such as confirmations and licensing services over the next three years will be given in support of refugees.

Anyone who wishes to help can visit donate.oxfam.org.uk/emergency/refugeecrisis

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