This week I was invited to a meeting of multifaith leaders where the Archbishop of Canterbury was speaking during his visit to the Diocese of Birmingham. His hypothesis was that when we observe and reflect on the conflicts around the world, knowledge without action breeds fear. This phrase was picked up during several of the questions and the idea that we needed to not oversimplify local, national and international conflicts but address them with positive action and solutions seemed to resonate around the room.
Following on some of my thoughts from last week’s blog, diversity is here to stay, how can we best respond? At the heart of Christianity is the blessing of love, grace, hospitality towards both friend or enemy and stranger. One of the ultimate challenges of Christianity isnot just offering these blessings to fellow Christians but to those who not only hold different beliefs and values but actively disagree with us. The Archbishop’s suggestion was systematic advocacy, the speaking and acting up for minorities, to bless and protect them. Who are these communities in our communities?