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The aim of the day is to resource those appointed within the churches and church-related charities to welcome and support forced migrants - but others who wish to be with us are of course welcome. This is a day for getting the latest information, for sharing best practice, for prayer and for networking. We have chosen to meet in Coventry because it is central within the UK and because it is noted for its ministry of reconciliation.
10.30 Welcome and Introductions
10.40 ‘Refugees Welcome’: Introduction and Discussion
Zrinka Bralo, Chair, National Refugees Welcome Board
Sabir Zazai, Director, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre
Fleur Houston, author of You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself
Mo Baldwin, Head of Church Partnerships, The Children's Society
Bali Hothi, Programme Manager, The Children's Society
12.00 Litany of Reconciliation and Prayer (optional)
Sarah Hills, Canon for Reconciliation Ministry, Coventry Cathedral
12.20 Lunch break with optional visit to Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre
(Please bring your own lunch)
1.20 - 2.30 ‘What does The Immigration Act 2016 mean for our work?’
James Davies, Senior Immigration Advisor, International Care Network
2.45 – 3.45 ‘Post-Brexit Britain – Refugees Unwelcome? What does the future hold?’
Panel and open discussion, chaired by Bishop Jonathan Clark
Sarah Hills, Canon for Reconciliation, Coventry Cathedral
Martin Kettle, Church of England Adviser on Home Affairs Policy
3.45 – 4.00 Plenary Discussion: An Ongoing Network?
This day is organised by the Steering Committee of the Churches Refugee Network (Chair: Bishop Jonathan Clark of Croydon) in partnership with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI).
If you have any queries or require further information or if you have any mobility concerns that need to be passed onto the venue; please contact Nadina Bedlow, PA to the Bishop of Croydon, at
Please bring packed lunch. Tea and coffee provided.
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Churches Refugee Network
The Churches’ Refugee Network (CRN) aims to provide a collective and ecumenical voice on issues of asylum and immigration.