Thursday, 11 May 2017

Politics

I cannot claim to speak for all, but many of us have felt dismayed as we watched the Brexit decision come in and then Trump's rise to power. Following feelings of anger, upset and fear some of us withdrew, stopped watching the news and felt powerless to affect change in anyway.

We now have a general election on the horizon and it feels important to look about us again and reengage.  To imagine a new way of doing things - ushering in systems that put the welfare of people and our planet before profit.  Several of us have been reading various authors that point to the compassion revolution.  Comparing modern day prophets with the wisdom of the bible.  As people of faith we have a mandate to care for each other and the planet.

Abstract theories and ideas can be hard to grasp.  It is important too to look locally to what we can throw our weight behind.  History teaches us that change for the better can happen (abolition of slavery, women getting the vote, child employment laws etc) and we are reminded to "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that every has." - Margaret Mead.

The Bible Society are producing a booklet for people to work through - in the intro it says 'We live in a time of political turbulence and social division which is challenging our common life. We desperately need a culture of encounter and The Common Good offers  way forward for Christians. ,,,,,Rooted in relationship with God we are called to foster a culture of encounter where people who are very different meet each other and estranged groups can be reconciled'.  You can find out more here.

I'll leave you with a benediction written by Kathy Galloway (the first woman elected as leader of the Iona community):

“Our brother Jesus, you set our feet upon the way and sometimes where you lead we do not like or understand.
Bless us with courage where the way is fraught with dread or danger;
Bless us with graceful meetings where the way is lonely;
Bless us with good companies where the way demands a common cause;
Bless us with night vision where we travel in the dark, keen hearing where we have not sight, to hear the reassuring sounds of fellow travellers;
Bless us with humour – we cannot travel lightly weighed down with gravity;
Bless us with humility to learn from those around us;
Bless us with decisiveness where we must move with speed;
Bless us with lazy moments, to stretch and rest and savour;
Bless us with love, given and received;
And bless us with your presence, even when we know it in your absence.
Lead us into exile,
until we find that on the road
is where you are,
and where you are is going home.
Bless us, lead us, love us, brings us home
bearing the Gospel of life.”



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