We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools – Martin Luther King.
While we might struggle with the non-inclusive language, if we can move past this there is a challenge to engage with. This seems both a pragmatic and respectful approach to where we find ourselves in the UK and, I would suggest, in every community, city, county and country in the world.
There could be several reasons why this quote is relevant this week. It could be that we went to see Selma this week, a film about Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement in Selma Alabama and it is hard to see why David Oyelowo was not nominated for best actor in tonight’s Oscars although there are various critiques about the accuracy of some of the storyline – but then it is a film, not a documentary. Or it could be that our Archbishops and Bishops have encouraged the Church of England to ensure that we are informed about the issues and policies and ensure we vote. This seems particularly relevant in the light of the film that was shown of a UKIP councillor talking about her difficulties with a particular racial group. For whatever reason this has resonated with me this week it seems to be one of life’s truisms. Interestingly, as I was writing this Sally was at Birmingham Cathedral listening to the Archbishop of Canterbury saying how reconciliation was at the heart of the gospel – let’s make a choice this week to carry on learning how to live together well with those who are different to us.
Part of my commitment to celebrating difference yet living together well is manifest through writing and resources to facilitate faith been taken seriously in the care of sick children – to this end we have a conference at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on 4th June on paediatric multifaith care and a book launch – see the link below: