Ipswich Town of Sanctuary is part of the National movement ‘City of Sanctuary’ which began in Sheffield in 2005. City of Sanctuary is a mainstream, grassroots movement and works by creating opportunities for relationships between local people and those seeking sanctuary offering a positive vision of a culture of hospitality for those in need of safety. The group are organising a special event, Sanctuary Sunday in June, where you can learn more about their work.
A day dedicated to celebrating our history of sanctuary in the UK and within different faith groups and illustrating the importance of offering safety and welcome to people seeking sanctuary in our communities today.
Sunday 24th June 2012 @ 3:00pm
Venue: Ipswich Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1DH
FREE BUFFET OF SWEET DESSERTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Intro – Tanesha Wedderburn, Chair of Ipswich Town of Sanctuary
· Ben Gummer MP (Ipswich)
· Ice and Fire Theatre Company
(Ice and Fire will present an excerpt from Asylum Dialogues, along with a new testimony from a Congolese man who found himself destitute after his claim was refused by the UKBA).
· Sanctuary, Hospitality and Refuge in World Faiths
· History of Sanctuary
· The Rt Revd Louis Muvunyi, Bishop of Kigali, Rwanda
(The Rt Revd Louis Muvunyi lost many of his family in the genocide, his sister’s life was saved as she found sanctuary in Hotel Mille Collines (the film Hotel Rwanda))
· Cllr Sandy Martin, Fairer and Greener Ipswich Portfolio Holder
· City of Sanctuary Awards Ceremony presented by The Worshipful The Mayor of Ipswich
(There will be two categories of City of Sanctuary Awards. Category 1: A person seeking sanctuary who has made a contribution to the life of the Town. Category 2: A person who has contributed to making Ipswich a Town of Sanctuary).
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Like the Fair Trade movement, Ipswich Town of Sanctuary builds on existing groups and networks. The aim is to ensure everyone, particularly Asylum Seekers and Refugees, feel welcome and safe and have their needs met. This is a holistic project with the support from faith groups, community groups, organisations and local government.