We are a new and emerging City of Sanctuary group in Lichfield. Please email [email protected] for more information about getting involved.
The Creation of Lichfield City of Sanctuary
On the 2nd March, 2019, a meeting organised by Lichfield Inter-Faith Forum attracted a wide range of people interested in establishing Lichfield and district as a City of Sanctuary. Founder of the City of Sanctuary movement, the Reverend Dr Inderjit Bhogal, explained the background to its growth since 2005.
At the end of the meeting, chaired by the Rev Warren Bardsley, it was agreed to pursue the setting up of a local group to be affiliated to the national network
A further gathering on the 20th May brought regional organiser of City of Sanctuary UK Ben Margolis to Lichfield. At this meeting, guests were invited to commit to contribute to the initiative.
On the 9th September, Warren Bardsley and Cathy Wood led a workshop during which participants signed up to a declaration of principle
The founders of Lichfield City of Sanctuary are not just faith groups, but a range of community organisations serving Lichfield, Burntwood and villages in the District Council area. Members and supporters of the steering group include representatives of Lichfield Refugee Aid and Lichfield Places of Welcome as well as places of worship such as churches and the local mosque.
Lichfield City of Sanctuary has identified its key task as being to support all who live or arrive in the area with a welcome and practical support:
The first job of the LCoS action group is to inform businesses, voluntary organisations, public services and individual residents of the initiative and to enlist their support.
So you will be hearing from us soon!
If you would like to help us or join us, or would just like to know more, contact me at [email protected]