Refugee Day #IoAccolgo. The participation of the churches of Rome

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him and he with me "(Revelation 3,20)

Rome (NEV), June 22, 2019 – On Thursday 20 June, in Rome, on occasion of  the World Refugee Day, promoted each year by the United Nations Organization, the Baptist Church of Trastevere and the Methodist Church of Via XX Settembre have chosen to join the celebrations by placing the artistic installation of Giovanni De Gara “Eldorato” on their entrance doors.
“Being at the door, at the borders of our human and territorial realities and knocking implies, as believers and as churches, an answer and a choice – the organizers declared -. Our response is “I welcome” (#IoAccolgo) as a daily choice of faith, of humanity, of making oneself closer to the human and economic peripheries of so many brothers and sisters who knock at our borders. “I welcome” as a responsible and decisive adhesion to the campaign that sees among the promoters our own churches through the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI) together with over 42 Italian and international social associations and the Council of the Roman protestant Churches. The campaign –the organizers continued – aims to give visibility to all those widespread solidarity experiences that distinguish our Country: the door represents the opportunity for a new life, a fraternal welcome, an access to a comfortable place. The gold of the thermal blankets with which the door were covered is the same used to cover the bodies of our brothers and sisters who arrive exhausted from Africa to the Italian coasts in search of a promised land. But unfortunately they do not find the mythical land of gold, but a golden plastic blanket waiting for them. Hence the provocative title of the project”.