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Respect July 24, 2009

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I watched Death of Respect last night. I have only just realised that it is part 2 and so will have to watch part 1. As it was looking at broken Britain it was not an upbeat portrayal of soceity but this morning a few thoughts from it linger in my head.

A key question was where does a sense of community come from. This is a tough question as the last 40 years have seen a quest for individual gain. We all know our rights and what we can get but few people know how to or have been shown how to contribute. How can we lead the way and create community where people feel they want to contribute, invest time, energy and therefore resepct where they live and forge local community?

There was a great example where a primary school was doing a fantastic job in the education of its pupils. It also happened to be an area of huge poverty where the headteacher wanted these children to be educated, have skills and remain in the community and thus being the agents of change. Poverty cannot be an excuse for poor education.

How we help create community in our local areas where we find our neighbours living and working is vital. As we do this we will help bring God’s Kingdom to our local neighbourhoods and this may be tougher and more relevant than getting people to attend our courses in church or come back to church.

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1. Sarah B - July 24, 2009

didn’t watch it as was chatting with a friend who leads youth work in her church about the camp she (with others) is about to take 30+ young people on. She also runs therapeutic story groups within our LEA and we talked about how narrative helps children explore ‘dangerous’ issues in a safe way.

We limit God so much when we confine ‘being church’ to buildings and programmes. Surely the whole point of the incarnation is that relationship is key? Yes, Jesus did stuff in synagogues and the Temple, but he did as much, if not more, in the markets, streets, fields and homes. Why isn’t our practice of faith like his? Why aren’t we encouraging people to weave their individual stories into the story of their community and then showing them where the strand of God’s story, involvement and relationship is woven through that same community narrative?

Is this a new metaphor of what our work should be?


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