Christmas cards help provide support to asylum seekers

By Simon Barrow
December 15, 2013

Ekklesia has not produced any Christmas or New Year cards of our own this year, but we are very happy to encourage you to buy some beautiful ones produced by our friend Carrie Gooch, a visual artist who is a member of the Iona Community. The proceeds go to back support and advocacy for asylum seekers.

Carrie writes: "These Christmas cards are paintings I made on a theme of a contemporary setting for the nativity. They were inspired after learning about some of the experiences of asylum seekers living in the city of Glasgow. It is a long way from the cosy commodification of festive season and the sanitised version of the nativity often portrayed."

The cards can be viewed here:

They come in packs of 10 with envelopes, A6 size (approx 15cm by 10½cm), and are printed on recycled card. Overall, 30 per cent of any profit made goes to support to organisations working with asylum seekers and refugees, including the very fine Unity Centre in Glasgow (

* You can order the cards directly at Etsy here:

[In Edinburgh, where they are produced, the cards are on sale in the Peace and Justice Centre under St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ - 0131 229 0993]

* Christmas on Ekklesia:

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