Hat·tê·ḇāh: churches as places of safety

Project work with two refugees in kitchen

As Christians, we have a responsibility to ensure that our communities are places where inclusivity is practised, respect is paramount and welcome extended without compromise.

Throughout the biblical narrative, we see strangers welcomed, and those who are living in fear protected and supported, so that they might flourish. The Hebrew phrase hat·tê·ḇāh is used in two contexts in the Old Testament, once to describe Noah’s ark, and once for the basket used by Miriam to keep Moses safe in the River Nile. Our vision is for our communities to be places of safety, places of hat·tê·ḇāh, for refugee children.

Our Mothers’ Union and Home for Good are collaborating on the Hat·tê·ḇāh initiative to share gifts and talents and provide places of welcome and hope. Hat·tê·ḇāh provides training for churches and individuals working with young refugees, enabling them to welcome and include these vulnerable young people.

Our next Hat·tê·ḇāh training will be in the Diocese of Lichfield on 14 November.

Pray with us for refugees

Are you interested in your church becoming a place of safety for refugees? We would encourage you pray, and gather your church to pray for those who are amongst the most vulnerable people in the world.

Please use our resources to guide your prayers:

You might like to use our practical resources Becoming a place of safety in response. You might like to organise an event, raise money or speak about the refugee crisis in your church.

You may also be interested in our recent refugee theology papers, From fear to safety: An exploration of the theological imperative to offer welcome to the stranger.

Do get in touch if you would like further information or to discuss how your church might get involved with Hat·tê·ḇāh.