building cultures of welcome, hospitality and safety Through Social Justice
Be Human, Be Hospitable, Challenge Hatred and Hostility
INDERJIT SINGH BHOGAL
Theologian and Methodist Minister
Rev Dr Inderjit Singh Bhogal OBE is a leading Theologian and Methodist Minister. Retiring in 2018, Inderjit is currently working with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland to develop and promote the idea of Church of Sanctuary and has been the minister of Wincobank Chapel since 1994.
Inderjit is founder and President of City of Sanctuary, a former President of the Methodist Conference, former Leader/CEO of the Corrymeela Community and former CEO of Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum. Inderjit is also President of the Methodist Peace Fellowship. You can view more of his achievements here.
Pronunciation of Inderjit Bhogal
(InDer-Jit SING Bo-GUl)
— pronunciation only, nOT THE ACTUAL SPELLING —
This is a Sikh, Punjabi name. The letter “H” after the B in Punjabi language is a breath sound. It can simply be a silent letter.
building cultures of welcome, hospitality and safety
Through social justice campaigns. The message is simple…
“Be human, be hospitable, challenge hatred and hostility”
Founder and President:
City of Sancturary
The UK can be a place of Sanctuary to those who need it. Of Welcome to anyone who is unsheltered and Safe for anyone who is vulnerable.
Around this site you’ll find information about Rev. Dr. Inderjit Singh Bhogal OBE who is devoting his life to building cultures of Welcome, Hospitality and Safety for all.
Frequently Asked Questions
A short Prayer
To All World Leaders
“We pray that leaders of all countries have pathways of justice, mercy and humility illuminated within them.”
In 1947, as young teenagers, my own parents left their home in Panjab, India, soon after independence and the partition. The Partition was a situation that led to one of the biggest movements of people across borders in human history. I was born in Nairobi where I lived till the age of 11 in 1964. Then, Kenya achieved independence, and with my parents and family, I left for Britain. In my own experiences of immigration, my theological reflection, and theology are rooted. In October 2005 I called a meeting, with Craig Barnett, a Quaker colleague, to launch the City of Sanctuary initiative. In 2007, Sheffield was declared the UKs first City of Sanctuary
city of sanctuary – The movement is growing
Discover the remarkable journey of Rev Dr Inderjit Singh Bhogal OBE.
Early Life and Immigration
Campaigns against Injustice
So personally, rather than professionally, Inderjit became familiar with immigration matters, policies and procedures. He is familiar with the fears, frustrations, and pains of people of all backgrounds have around the decisions to leave home. Inderjit is determined to take simple steps to seek justice, mercy and humility in immigration policy and procedure.
Inderjit became President of the Methodist Conference in Britain (2000-2001) and visited all the Detention Centres in Britain and Northern Ireland, following which he wrote a reflection entitled “Unlocking the Doors” (2001). A copy was sent to the Home Secretary.
In October 2005, Inderjit called a meeting, with Craig Barnett, a Quaker colleague, to launch the City of Sanctuary initiative. In 2007 Sheffield was declared the UKs first City of Sanctuary. When others asked how they could follow this idea, to assist, they produced a short book entitled “Building a City of Sanctuary” (2010) with inspiring practical ideas.
Building the City of Sanctuary movement is a prophetic act. It is one way of changing the direction of the wind and influencing government policy.
To learn more about Inderjit, you can listen to The Wilberforce Way with Inderjit Bhogal
We must challenge our governments to divert money and investment from war, to the ending of poverty, tackling of climate change and reduction of pollution. In our personal lives we need to find ways to live with greater grace and generosity with those who are different from us.
Inderjit is a co-founder and President of the rapidly growing City of Sanctuary movement. City of Sanctuary is focused on building cultures of Welcome, Hospitality and Safety for all. Inderjit’s mantra is “Be Human, Be Hospitable, Challenge Hostility”
Inderjit’s work in interfaith relations was recognised with an OBE in the 2005 New Year’s Honours list. Inderjit is recipient of the World Methodist Peace Award . Inderjit has dedicated his life to peace making, establishing trust between communities and building cultures of Welcome, Hospitality and Safety.
His other interfaith activities include creating the Wilberforce Way, a walk between Hull and York to commemorate the bicentenary of the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Act , and prayers and protests, involving people of different faiths and those who profess no particular religious faith. This was featured in Claire Balding’s BBC Radio 4 program Ramblings.
A message from inderjit
Build A Culture of welcome, hospitality and safety
Inderjit is frequently invited to give talks and lectures in the UK and around the world. Having been asked by many journalists, organisations and academic institutions and scholars for transcripts of his talks and publications, Inderjit has decided to make everything available via this dedicated website.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact Inderjit