Tag Archives: immigration

Religion in Europe: it’s complicated

Since moving to Sweden over six years ago, I’ve taken a far closer interest in trying to understand Europe and stay alert to trends, developments and so on. It’s not easy, Europe is a complicated place. Even knowing the borders of Europe is not always

The year of the migrant

I just want to recommend that any reader interested in the issue of migration should take 20 minutes to read the last issue of Vista from Redcliffe College, UK. As they say here, “The figures speak for themselves: 920,000 arriving by sea, and a further 34,000

Immigration: Ten observations

I’ve been doing some long-hard thinking about immigration recently. I’ve argued here and here that Europe is doing the right thing in letting hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq in. After all Syria is home to a world-conflict (as in lots of countries are

Don’t shut the door: receive the refugee

View image | gettyimages.com The flow of refugees into Europe continues, partly as a result of the ongoing war, the fear that more doors into Europe will shut and the oncoming winter which will make the journey much harder and the sea journey nearly impossible. As

Immigration & Asylum: reading & resources

Two major issues are beginning to frame the political landscape – inequality and immigration. The overlap is obvious, but there seems little question that these two issues are exerting great pressure. They are also two issues on which, I would argue, the church has a

The refugee crisis & Christian hope: A response

Recently Reformation 21 posted an article by Alistair Roberts on the refugee crisis and while it contained many good things, there were a few things that I thought needed further discussion. In a similar vein, a recent post by Ian Paul also expressed unease about the general naive response

When the migrant crisis gets personal

When we close the books on 2015 and look at the big stories of the year, one of them will surely be the migration of millions of people from the Middle East and Africa to Europe. It is, I think, no exaggeration to say that we are

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The Curiosity Index (23.04.2015)

This is a good description of what a church should be: “A lot of space for complicated people to rethink their lives at a deep level” Here’s a radical idea for a church: No rotas. H/T Jake Belder What would cities look like if lit