Sanctuary Meetings Q&A
Detailed information about setting up as a Sanctuary Meeting.
Rooted in the conviction that there is that of God in every person, Quakers across Britain are working to welcome people seeking sanctuary.
Early in 2017 Quakers in Britain launched a project to support Quakers who act in solidarity with refugees and migrants. More than 300 people, including Quakers, refugees and migrants, helped shape the project in the first six months.
An initiative that supports practical action and political advocacy began to take shape, and in July, the project became the Sanctuary Everywhere programme. This programme will support a network of Sanctuary Meetings.
How a Sanctuary Meeting fulfills the commitments changes from area to area. Actions taken will vary in response to local issues, abilities and passions within the community, and the leadings of the Spirit. Here are some of the things that Sanctuary Meetings are supported to do:
By committing to being a Sanctuary Meeting, local meetings become part of an international movement to build a culture of hospitality. You will be supported with training, publicity materials, retreats, teleconferences and mutual support networks, channelled into a campaign for political change.
Quakers across Britain are working in different ways to welcome newcomers to the country. You can read stories about Quakers providing housing for destitute asylum seekers , supporting and setting up City of Sanctuary groups, welcoming resettled refugees, hosting community gardening projects, and campaigning with the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network.
Sanctuary Meetings are being pioneered by:
At your next Local Business Meeting, seek a minute committing to the three points listed above.
Email your Local Meeting minute and contact details for the two people working on the project to firstname.lastname@example.org. At least one of the two people should be a member or attender at your meeting. You will then receive support tailored to the needs of your meeting and local community.
To find out more about forced migration and what what it means to be a Sanctuary Meeting, listen to the Sanctuary editions of the Q:Witness podcast below.
To ask any questions, or to tell us that your meeting wants to be a Sanctuary Meeting, please get in touch using the below details with your name, meeting, and telephone number.
Sanctuary Everywhere Programme
020 7663 1096