The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Lorna Hood, has shown personal support for the victims of the conflict in Syria by donning an apron and hosting a special meal.
‘A place at the table’ is an initiative of the Church of Scotland, aiming to raise funds to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, which has claimed the lives of thousands of people and has left millions homeless and without the basic necessities of life. Those participating in a meal together can choose to donate the money they would have spent on an extra meal.
Ms Hood wore an apron bearing the words ‘£20 can feed a family of five for a month in Syria’ at the lunch for fellow ministers.
She said: “It’s a really simple idea: we’re asking people to consider setting an extra place at their table or an extra place in a restaurant and giving the money which would have been spent on that extra meal to help those affected by the conflict in Syria.”
“I’m delighted to endorse this unique initiative to help Syrian refugees as they struggle to feed their families. We can all help to make a difference. It’s as easy as setting ‘A Place at the Table’.”
“When we watch television reports of the conflict, it is easy to feel helpless, but through this opportunity to fundraise, we are able to do something to help.”
The Church of Scotland is working with its partner, the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL). NESSL is reaching out to the displaced people in Syria and the surrounding countries, and are seeking to support at least 24,000 families over the next year.
* More on Syria from Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/syria