Sanctuary Everywhere – Quaker Refugee Concern

Redland became a ‘Sanctuary Meeting’ in 2017. Our Meeting’s refugee action group was active between 2016-2018!  While we have been less collectively active as a Meeting in refugee support in the past year, many of our member and attenders, both from Redland and other meetings in Bristol Area, continue to be very much engaged in Bristol’s refugee support sector.  Others have significant personal connections with people seeking sanctuary in the city.  It is inspiring and supportive to know what each other is doing.  So this gathering, on 26th January, following a shared lunch, will be an opportunity to share our involvement and experience in the field.  Please come and tell us what you are doing.  I will structure the meeting lightly so everyone gets a chance to contribute and reflect.  I suspect that our collective experience will fully earn us our place in the wider Sanctuary Everywhere movement – let us see.

Whether or not you are active in this field at the moment, of course you are welcome to come.  On 16th February there will be a meeting for learning from 10-10.45am at Redland Meeting House, to reflect on the way in which this concern links with others in the meeting, such as climate change and homelessness.

Caroline Beatty