14 August 2011
Saint Faith’s Anglican Church
11 At 12.30 I was ushered off with my fellow Air Canada passengers to our departure gate. It was then that I learned that all was not right with the world, at least in Britain, after a night of rioting. Grim-faced police, politicians and social scientists appeared, one after another, to speak words of condemnation, defiance and analysis. All was not well in England’s cities nor, do I suspect, in its green and gentle hills.
13 Throughout England there are small communities like Saint Faith’s who are quietly embodying God’s love in troubled neighbourhoods. Long after the police presence recedes to ‘normal’ levels and political attention turns elsewhere, Christian and non-Christian communities of faith will continue to say ‘yes’ to God’s outrageous appeal and they will birth love, God’s love, into their neighbourhoods. This love will not produce overnight results and there will be setbacks as well as successes, but lives will be changed and hope will take root.
17 All around us are voices who cry out, “We want someone with skin on!” Some are in communities where poverty and hopelessness abound. Others reside in the comfortable homes that surround this parish. May God grant us the grace and the courage and the will to respond, “Here we are!” Amen.