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The spiritually homeless

The Very Rev Albert Bogle urges congregations to offer a home to ‘spiritual refugees’ who no longer attend Church regularly.

MANY of our congregations have been highlighting the issues that surround refugees who are looking, and longing for a homeland.

During this year’s General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in May I met someone who was trying to do something very practical about the problem. He was on his way to London to speak with government ministers regarding some creative opportunities communities could offer to help integrate refugees into our society. In particular he believed churches had a unique role to play in ‘welcoming strangers’. He highlighted his perception that there are many people who have spare accommodation in their homes, who would be willing to house or partially house a family. Finding a home and a community to live in is part of what it means to be human.

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