Sarah Teather

Sarah Teather
‘Thinking Allowed: Christian Engagement in Public Debates’ is the theme of the Sunday sermon series at St John’s College Cambridge during this term. The guest preachers will explore how as Christians we should engange in public debates.Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Services UK, is preaching at evensong on the 28th October in relation to Refugees.Find the full programme on St John's College's website
Each year, the Jesuit Refugee Service becomes overrun with balloons and bunting. Tables and chairs are borrowed from local parishes, and the faint smell of a BBQ slowly drifts through the air.The annual Summer Party is excitedly anticipated by the refugees JRS serves, as well as the volunteers and friends of the centre. The celebration offers an opportunity to take some time away from the challenges of day to day life and be thankful for one another.Praying that the sunshine would last, the...
People are transformed by an encounter which is true and “opens your mind” says Sarah Teather, Director of JRS UK. Speaking at the annual conference for the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales (NJPN) last weekend, Sarah shared how even in the face of difficulty and isolation created by the Hostile Environment Agenda, the generosity we receive from refugees is like a “primal urge that you wish to be able to give yourself back to others.”Addressing the theme of the annual...
Cardinal Nichols speaking at JRS
BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme last weekend reported on the visit of Cardinal Vincent Nichols to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).During the visit the Archbishop of Westminster stated that the UK government’s treatment of asylum seekers was “a shame on our country”. After spending time listening to the stories of those accompanied by the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, who are struggling to gain recognition of their refugee status, he said“If you’re here for 10 years and you can’t have a residence,...
Speakers at Refugee Stories
“Why do Christians around the world prefer the narrative of populist nationalism and political exclusion to the message of the Gospel?” was the question posed by expert on the theology of migration, Dr Joshua Ralston, at a conference at Heythrop College to mark World Refugee Day.JRS UK and the Heythrop Institute for Religion and Society hosted Refugee Stories: Changing the Narrative - the fruits of a collaboration between academics working in theology and related disciplines, practitioners...
Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, is presenting Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4 during Holy Week.  This is Radio 4's daily prayer and reflection slot, whose presenters represent a wide range of faith backgrounds and are often ordained ministers.She starts her slots this coming Saturday 24 March, the day before Palm Sunday and will give a brief reflection each morning from Monday 26th until Good Friday.The programme will suit early risers as it is broadcast at 5.43am, but...
Troubling patterns of street homelessness and vulnerability to abuse amongst destitute refugees have been uncovered by research from the Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK), published ahead of Homeless Sunday this weekend. The study finds that most of the destitute refugees attending the JRS UK Day Centre had slept rough at some point in the previous year, and one in five had been forced to spend more than a month on the streets.  More worrying still was that a third of those with...
Pope Francis at Vargihna Wikimedia Commons
Sunday 14th January is the Church’s 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.  Pope Francis’ message to the faithful on this occasion draws attention to the “lamentable situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing from war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty” and comes shortly after his visit to the Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh seeking sanctuary from persecution in Myanmar.In his message the pope says “This situation is undoubtedly a “sign of the times” which I have tried to...
Annunciation to the shepherds  Flinck1639
Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK, is giving this year’s Christmas Meditation for Radio 4 just after the midnight news on Christmas Day night/Boxing Day morning.Sarah’s personal meditation finds the joy of Christmas breaking through in the messy painful struggles of life, including family tragedy and the lives of refugees. Speaking of the process of preparing her meditation Sarah observed, “This was challenging but also deeply rewarding project to be involved in. ...
JRS Gospel Choir  Credit Weenson Oo/picture-u.net
On Tuesday Jesuit Refugee Service held its first carol service at Farm Street Church, led by Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ. The church was packed for this joyful occasion – many of JRS’ refugee friends had travelled long distances to join the many supporters and volunteers as well as Farm St regulars. Highlights of the service were specially prepared contributions from performance groups who attend the JRS Day Centre Plus activities -  initiatives designed to develop skills and...

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