Email from the Moderator on the situation at Calais

The  Moderator of the General Assembly this week wrote to all Ministers of the Church of Scotland, following a statement he and other church leaders had made on the situation at Calais.

Here is the text of the email.

Rev_Dr_Angus_MorrisonA message from the Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Dear colleagues,

I have today issued a joint statement on the situation facing migrants in Calais, along with office holders from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church. A copy should be attached to this email, and you can read it online.

In recent weeks we have all seen and heard about the desperation and determination of people to seek freedom from violence or an escape from poverty and hunger. I have been contacted by many people who have become concerned about a sense of hard-heartedness and indifference to the humanitarian and spiritual condition of those who are seeking some form of sanctuary.

On Sunday at 5.00pm, BBC One’s Songs of Praise will feature Sally Magnusson at the makeshift church in the migrant camp in Calais. The light of faith in the darkest of situations is a lesson for us all. Please remember in your prayers those on the move, in Calais, or across Europe, the Mediterranean and further afield. Remember too those who offer aid and support, and also our leaders who must take difficult decisions.

With every blessing and good wish

Angus Morrison
Moderator of the General Assembly