Churches Gather in Liverpool to Discuss the Impact of Borders

Leading church organisation, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), will be exploring the significance of borders and how they impact our society at the conference ‘Life Beyond Borders’ on Tuesday 8 November 2022 at Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, England.

This free, one-day conference and networking event will feature some of the keenest minds in Britain, Ireland and Europe, such as Professor Katy Haywood from Queen’s University, Belfast, Zrinka Bralo, CEO of Migrants Organise, and Revd Dr Sahr Yambasu, author and ex-President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, who will explore the philosophical, religious and historical significance of borders, and how they relate to issues of nationality, identity, faith, culture, ethnicity and politics.

This event, which is in collaboration with Churches’ Refugee Network (CRN), brings together churches and faith organisations that are involved with immigration issues, and will discuss how borders impact some of the most vulnerable people in our society, such as refugees.

Richard Reddie, CTBI’s Director of Justice and Inclusion and one of the organisers of this event says:

This event aims to challenge and support churches to look at the issue of borders in a new way, recognising that our current circumstances are the result of policy decisions that can be changed and that our Christian values can contribute to a reimagining of these spaces – from places of separation to encounter.

The day will include presentations and talks exploring the theological, historical and cultural significance of borders, while smaller workshops will enable delegates to discuss what borders mean in their own context. Aside from being a gathering, this conference will be a networking opportunity with a marketplace showcasing the organisations and parachurch groups currently working alongside refugees in Britain and Ireland.

Richard Reddie adds:

We recognise that there is a need for greater collaboration and partnership across these sectors to ensure that some of the most vulnerable people on these islands are with provided with the assistance and resources to help them start a new life.

Life Beyond Borders will be the first event to explore what is arguably one of the most pressing and contentious issues of our time, and will take place in Liverpool, a port city known for immigration and migration, and an ideal place to discuss many of the themes that will be covered during this eventful gathering.

Tuesday 8th November 2022
11am – 4pm
Liverpool Hope University
Eden Building,
Hope Park Campus,
Childwall L16 9JD
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• Programme: Life Beyond Borders conference – Programme (
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Written by: CTBI Communications 

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