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At Ely Cathedral we care passionately about justice for people and for all God's creation.



We at Ely Cathedral, with the rest of the country, are enormously concerned about the situation in Kabul and in Afghanistan generally as the deadline for the end of the evacuation approaches. We are praying for all who have left their homes, whether already in the UK or another safe country, or en route, or still in Afghanistan. We pray too for all who have no means to leave, but are fearful for their futures.

While we watch and pray, we are also checking to see if there are any local initiatives that we could support. It is likely that the most helpful support will be donations which can be used either in Afghanistan or to set people up when they arrive in the UK. Many charities will be involved in this, including Christian Aid and Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign.

The Church Mission Society has a page to help us all pray in this situation:

The Archbishop of Canterbury addressed the House of Lords last week. His speech is available at


Supporting the peoples of Afghanistan

Many have asked how the Cathedral might best support Afghan refugees beginning lives in the UK. Below are some options for giving and donating:

Afghan Welcome Home (supported by 'Welcome Churches')

Donations of clothes etc can be channelled through the Government website

To support people still within Afghanistan the best option may be to give to the Red Cross's 'Afghanistan Crisis Appeal'

There will be people praying for the situation in Afghanistan in Bishop Alcock's Chapel in the Cathedral this coming Sunday, 5 September, between 9.15 -10am. Prayer resources will be available - come for as long or as short time as you like.

Church of England toolkit for Supporting Afghan Refugees

Sustainable Living

On 12 June, we joined forces with four other East Anglian cathedrals to host an online conference on Sustainable Living: Food and Farming.

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Resource bank

Eco Church

In March 2020, A Rocha awarded us their Silver Eco Church award in recognition of the progress we have made in reducing our environmental impact.

In our worship, witness and work, we strive to live out the five marks of mission of the Anglican communion:

The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ:

  1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  3. To respond to human need by loving service
  4. To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
  5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth

We recognise that none of these can be considered in isolation, and that one way in which we proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom is through care of our neighbour and of all God's creation - see ECCO (Ely Cathedral Community and Outreach) Facebook page to find out about our ongoing witness.

This aspect of our life and witness is overseen by the Minister for Social Justice, the Revd Dr Jenny Gage, working with Chapter, staff and volunteers and with other local groups, including the Diocese of Ely Social Justice Network.