Vicar's Letter September 2015

 

Act of Reflection and Commitment by the faith communities of the UK

 

In a world scarred by the evils of war, racism, injustice and poverty, we offer this joint Act of Commitment as we
look to our shared future.

 

We commit ourselves,
as people of many faiths,
to work together
for the common good,
uniting to build a better society,
grounded in values and ideals we share:

 

community,
personal integrity,
a sense of right and wrong,
learning, wisdom and love of truth,

 

care and compassion,
justice and peace,
respect for one another,
for the earth and its creatures.

 

We commit ourselves,
in a spirit of friendship and co-operation,
to work together
alongside all who share our values and ideals,
to help bring about a better world
now and for generations to come.

 

When I see reports of Moslem women being attacked because of their choice to wear religious dress, others ridiculed because they are wearing a cross, still more abused because they wear a kipa or yarmulke etc, etc I wonder who it is perpetrating this violations?

 

 

Abroad it is faith against faith – Hindus v Buddhists, Moslem v Hindus, and everyone against the Christians it would seem... but here? Here, in this nation, we do not have the day to day aggravation of faith v faith. Yes it flares, yet so often it is within a faith itself that violence erupt -protestant v catholic – but we generally live peaceably alongside each other. So who are the perpetrators???

 

So much prejudice and bigotry is kindled by fear, mistrust and by a need to protect the known and understood, and to reject and despise the unknown and misunderstood.

 

So much prejudice and bigotry is exercised by those of no faith at all and who cannot find it within themselves to see individuals and human beings but rather a preformed judgement and opinion

that festers and rankles, producing a hostile bitterness that results in the lashing out blindly in ways of violence and hatred.

 

This resolution offers an opportunity to step back and value each other; Jesus said ‘Love your neighbour…’ he did not qualify or dictate what their faith or culture should be… but I guess those bound up with embittered prejudices really don’t care. Sad.

 

Revd Jane Parry


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