Why Refugees Matter: The Theology of Asylum and Immigration.

Refugees are constantly in the news. Whether it’s a crisis in Afghanistan, Ukraine, or new Home Office regulations to restrict immigration, the topic keeps appearing. But have you ever wondered: what does God think about it all? Does the Bible have anything to say about immigration, national borders, and the right to asylum? Is there a Christian way of thinking and acting towards refugees that’s different from the secular way?

This course will introduce you to Christian refugee ethics. In this standalone one day course, you will (a) gain clarity and understanding about the contemporary global situation (b) explore the biblical message on migration and refugees, (c) tackle difficult questions about human rights & national responsibilities from a Christian point of view. We will be asking questions like: should every nation have an open borders policy? Does a state have the right to decide who enters its borders? How many immigrants is too many? What is the difference between a refugee and an economic migrant, and should we care? Finally, we will ask what practical steps Christians can take to show God’s love to refugees at home and abroad.

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Course Details

Course Duration:1 day
Course Dates:Saturday 7th May 2022
Time9.30-5pm BST (arrivals from 9.15am, session starts promptly at 9.30am)
Location:The Sarum Hill Centre, Basingstoke, RG21 8SR AND online [hybrid course]
Cost:£49, including resources and refreshments (not lunch)

Please note you will be able to access this course online (via zoom) and in person. Bookings are encouraged for both.

If attending in person, please bring your own lunch.

Group Discounts

  • Book for two people get 5% off each – £46.55 each
  • Book for three people get 10% off – £44.10 each
  • Book for four people get 15% off – £41.65 each

Course Tutors

Barnabas is a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University. He is passionate about making theology speak meaningfully to the practical challenges facing Christians today. He grew up in in Basingstoke, and later helped plant Community Church Harlesden in London where he continues to preach every few months. He lives in Oxford with his wife, Silvianne, and daughter, Estelle. At KST he is a member of the Theology and Biblical Studies Track team and teaches on hermeneutics, the doctrine of God, Proverbs and Romans. He hosts a podcast called Faith at the Frontiers.

Catherine Gladwell is founder and CEO of Refugee Education UK (REUK.org), a charity supporting young people affected by conflict or displacement to access and progress in education. She is a founding director, and current board member at Jigsaw Consult, specialising in education and forced migration and education in emergencies, and is currently working with the UK government to support the education sector’s response for Ukrainian refugees.


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"The teaching sessions were balanced and thoughtful"

short course participant, 2023