Bradford Ecumenical Asylum Concern - BEACON - held their AGM at the Delius Centre. Delius was born in Bradford, and the centre also hosts the German Church where Bonhoeffer signed the treaty against the Nazis. Bradford has always been a cosmopolitan city, with people from all over the world finding their way here, either by design, economic circumstance or trafficking. The issues are multilayered, and the seam of story and insight is deep and rich.
The Beacon office is in the Touchstone house and sometimes we are simply full to bursting with people coming to consult the McKenzie Friends or have their asylum papers interpreted. We need patience as the house is far too small and space is inadequate. Beacon's work is growing fast with the impact of Government cuts. Their volunteers are magnificent and over stretched, they desperately need more families that can host an asylum seeker for a short time, they need volunteers to accompany people to the asylum court ....
Loving God, who commands us to love the stranger
Push back the walls of our hearts
To extend hospitality, practical help
And a listening ear to people who are lost, fearful
or far from home.