Reflecting on his work with Pope Francis on their new book “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future” Austen Ivereigh and a panel of interfaith leaders will reflect on how a shift towards community-minded values could transform the world, especially for refugees.
The covid-19 pandemic prompted Pope Francis to reflect on the inequality and cruelty of our society, but he also saw kindness and generosity reflected in communities across the world. This resulted in his collaboration with Austen Ivereigh on this book, where he offers critique of the systems and ideologies that led to the current crisis and implores us to dream of a better future and work to build it.
Covid-19 is but only one of the crises that our world is facing. Around the world there are 29.6 million refugees and 4.2 million asylum seekers – people who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Yet the pandemic has meant that far fewer of these people have had access to the resettlement programmes that could help them rebuild their lives. We don’t yet know what the future of refugee resettlement looks like in the UK, but we know that people and communities all across the country are ready and willing to do what it takes to help refugees build new lives in the UK.
UK Welcomes Refugees is proud to host this seminar where we will reflect on Pope Francis’ teachings and dare to dream of a better future for refugees in the UK. We will hear from Austen Ivereigh on his experiences working with the Pope on this powerful book. We will then be joined by a panel of interfaith and civic leaders as they reflect on the power of community.