Synod passes resolution on refugee crisis

Christians from throughout Scotland gathered at Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen on Saturday 12 September for the autumn synod meeting of the United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland.

During the meeting, representatives from the congregations that make up the synod passed the following resolution on the refugee crisis:

The United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland, meeting on Saturday 12 September 2015, at Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen:

(a) joins with other faith communities in affirming that care for refugees, sojourners, and strangers is an integral part of our life of faith;

(b) urges congregations to educate themselves about the refugee crisis, paying particular attention to the language used in describing the crisis;

(c) encourages congregations to take action on the crisis, which may include prayer, financial giving, writing to politicians, and donating goods to charities and groups supporting refugees;

(d) asks the Church & Society Committee to promote, or provide, an event in each Link where people may gain an insight into the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland.

The autumn synod meeting was hosted by the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting, a joint congregation of the Church of Scotland and the United Reformed Church.