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Anglicans 'outward-looking' and 'well placed' to help refugees

The head of the United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG) says Anglican congregations often include migrants, meaning they are 'outward-looking'.

Attending a conference in Germany, Janette O'Neill said: "'We are facing a global crisis, with 65 million people worldwide currently displaced and seeking safety outside or within their own country.

"Of this number, 1.3 million came to Europe last year. In response, Anglican churches have been doing amazing work to support these refugees."

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Janette O'Neill has been attending a meeting in Cologne which is trying to promote ideas and resources concerning support for refugees and migrants arriving in Europe.

The Suffragan Bishop in Europe David Hamid, who has speaking at the event, said: "We are suffering in Europe from an epidemic of amnesia... [which] is incredible in light of what this very continent has experienced during and in the aftermath of world wars.

"[However], the church can act as memory: to remind the community of who we are, where we have been, and where we have come from."

Stories shared at the event included a Sudanese pastor using his own experiences to minister to families arriving in Finland from South Sudan and Syria, and a scheme in Turkey where refugees have been given milk.

USPG Global Relations Director Rachel Parry said: 'Hearing from and about refugees across the countries of Europe was a profoundly moving experience."

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