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World Mission Update
8 May 2020
From Jaffa to Yaffo to Yaffa  -  a virtual social-political tour
Sadaka-Reut Arab-Jewish youth partnership invites us to join them on a virtual journey of Jaffa, a city which has been standing for nearly 4,000 years.
Join to hear about its glorious past and inspiring present.
From educators and tour guides to inquisitive travellers, everyone will enjoy the team’s analysis of Jaffa's social and political reality and their thoughts on social change.
The itinerary proposed is suggested as a recommendation only, and the information provided can’t replace direct conversations with locals.
If you'd like to participate please fill in the form on the link below and choose the date most suitable for you and you will be sent a zoom link by email.
The Sadaka-Reut team look forward to seeing you and encourage you to invite friends.
Book here
Migrant workers bear brunt of COVID-19 in Asia
Speakers at a virtual conference facilitated by the Christian Conference of Asia agreed that migrant workers are among those most vulnerable amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and the Arabian Gulf – especially those who are semi-skilled, those employed in domestic work, and those in labour camps both internal migrant workers and overseas workers.
The webinar, entitled “Plight of Migrant Workers amidst the COVID-19 Crisis,” was part of a series of virtual conferences focusing on issues and challenges related to COVID-19.
The global socio-economic crisis that has followed in the wake of the pandemic has thrust the future of migrant workers into grave unpredictability as they have lost employment and means of livelihood practically overnight.
Their condition is exacerbated by their exclusion from government assistance, their invisibility in the workforce, and deepening social inequality.
The next webinar in the series, “Churches in Asia Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis,” will be on 7 May.
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SRT Project celebrates 50th birthday
The Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) Project celebrated its 50th birthday on 1 May 2020.
The project, which is part of the work of the new Faith Impact Forum, aims to help the Church to engage with ethical issues in science and technology, and to bring a Christian perspective to discussions which are often controversial.
Very Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Chair of the SRT@50 Working Group says:
“The work of SRT has gained enormous respect within the Church and far beyond. Some of the celebratory events long planned by the SRT@50 Working Group have had to be cancelled on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
"This current crisis, however, highlights as much as anything could the vital importance of the ongoing contribution of SRT.”
From Sunday 7 June until Saturday 13 June they invite everyone to come together in virtual worship using a series of specially written prayers to remember their work over the last half-century.
To take part, you can download the SRT Week of Prayer PDF here.
You can also learn more about their work on the SRT pages of the website.
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Events and news items
Please keep an eye on future editions of Update for news of any new events. This will include a virtual Heart and Soul event on 17 May 2020.

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