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Bishop Peter: ‘Support #LondonUnited and celebrate the welcome offered to strangers in our midst’

7th Dec 2016

Peter Hill, the Bishop of Barking, has joined a social media campaign to celebrate welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and destitute migrants to London. Churches are sharing stories of community cohesion using the hashtag #LondonUnited.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Bishop Peter said:

"In the lead up to Christmas, #LondonUnited is a great initiative celebrating faith and community support for refugees, migrants and genuine asylum seekers in so many of our parishes across London and further afield.  

“It will be great to use social media to celebrate the breadth and depth of the welcome being offered to the strangers in our midst so that they are strangers no longer."

London’s church leaders met on 7 December 2016 to share their grave concerns about the growing refugee crisis. They are concerned at reports of harassment and abuse, connected to heightened tensions around the subject of immigration, across the capital in recent months, and have stated their desire to celebrate the capital's status as the most diverse city in the world and its role as a beacon of racial harmony.

John Perumbalath, the Archdeacon of Barking and Chair of the London Churches Refugee Network, addressed the meeting.  

Christian church leaders are inviting other religious communities to add their support to #LondonUnited.

Picture: London church leaders have launched #LondonUnited to welcome refugees, asylum seekers and destitute migrants