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Welcoming refugees: re-imagining hospitality through story


19:00 - 21:30
Jan 17th 2019

Stories and myths are not only powerful tools for humanising the experiences of those who are forced to flee, but also catalysts for changing responses. In reimagining hospitality and telling stories that nurture our minds and hearts, can we plant the seeds of more inclusive and receptive societies? With visiting guest speaker, Bruna Kadletz.

For more information contact Jo Winsloe Slater on jowinsloe@stethelburgas.org
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While the festive season brought together family, friends and neighbours, the news headlines were dominated with fears about the arrival of strangers.  In the US, the federal Government shutdown over disputed funding for raising a Mexican border wall, and in the UK the Home Office declared a crisis, after a few small boats carrying men, women and children crossed from France to seek sanctuary in the UK.

Too often political leaders and the media promote a fear of strangers; but these narratives divide communities.  What visions of care and hospitality, drawn from the past and the present, can we share to challenge the dominant narrative?

Stories and myths are not only powerful tools for humanising the experiences of those who are forced to flee, but also catalysts for changing responses. In reimagining hospitality and telling stories that nurture our minds and hearts, can we plant the seeds of more inclusive and receptive societies?

Join us for an evening that explores true hospitality through the stories of strangers, hosts and guests, past and present.

Guest speaker: Bruna Kadletz

Bruna is an Associate of St. Ethelburga´s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. She is co-founder and Director of Circles of Hospitality, a Brazilian organisation whose focus lies on reclaiming a culture of peace and deep hospitality in times of polarization and intolerance against the other. In 2009, Bruna left a promising career in dentistry to respond to humanitarian crises of displacement, taking her to South Africa, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, the Balkans and Brazilian/Venezuelan border.  She has a Masters in Sociology and Global Change from the University of Edinburgh, with emphasis on forced displacement and climate change.

Bruna is author of our recent blog: Reimagining hospitality through myth-telling: