Bishop Guli and our Diocesan Refugee Coordinator, the Revd Canon Gareth Jones, have issued a statement outlining our commitment to supporting parishes in welcoming and supporting refugees from Afghanistan in the months and years ahead.
Since 2015 the Diocese of Chelmsford has resettled almost 200 refugees through our resettlement program. Most have been families fleeing the Syrian conflict, but a number have been Afghan interpreters and their families fleeing the Taliban.
As pictures of the catastrophic impact of the crisis in Afghanistan fill our TV screens, the human cost in lives devastated seems too much to comprehend, and many of us are left wondering what we can do to help in the face of such great tragedy.
As a diocese committed to serving Christ in the downtrodden, persecuted and oppressed, and to witnessing to the transforming presence of Christ in the midst of the seemingly impossible, we continue to stand ready to do all that we can to serve and support refugees in our parishes across East London and Essex, and those communities seeking to walk alongside displaced people.
Our Refugee Engagement Team is ready and resourced to support parishes in welcoming and supporting Afghan refugees over the coming months and years, and to building on the life changing work already done since 2015.
As the Government program for Afghan resettlement becomes clearer over the coming weeks, our own diocesan program will be widened and reshaped to work alongside partners in providing the care, love and support to which the gospel calls us.
For further information, support and advice please contact Fr Gareth Jones
Please join us in praying for the people of Afghanistan, together with all those engaged in efforts to bring peace, security and support for those in need.
The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis Dehqani, Bishop of Chelmsford
The Revd Canon Gareth Jones, Diocesan Refugee Coordinator
Hear more from Gareth Jones and Susannah Owen from English for Women this Sunday around 9.15am on BBC Essex.