Building global friendships

How long you live – and the quality of your life – is significantly influenced by what part of the world you are born into and grow up in.

The global movements of people are at their highest since the Second World War and there is no sign that this is likely to change in the future as the impact of climate change brings additional pressures on where it is possible for people to live. The issues facing asylum seekers and refugees is, and will continue to be, one of the most pressing issues of our generation.

Results of Speak Out: 10,000 Voices for Change

  • Whilst people recognised that Scotland is where the Church has a territorial commitment, there was also a clear recognition of the need to speak and act out for justice in the wider world, particularly with our partners in the World Church
  • Work in support of asylum seekers and refugees featured strongly alongside a commitment to the eradication of nuclear weapons and to the creation of a more peaceful world
  • There was also recognition of the ongoing threat of terrorism and the need to improve relationships across faiths and tackle global inequality

It is vitally important that the Church continues to engage effectively with its global partners, to work alongside and to learn from them. It is also increasingly important that the Church, through local congregations, is able to engage creatively and prophetically with the global communities within its own parishes.

The establishment of the Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees and the response of congregations across Scotland (and across the world) to the refugee crisis are superb illustrations of the Church's ongoing ability to rise to the challenge of being alongside the poorest and most marginalised.

Find out more on the Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees website.