LETTER FROM A MINISTER
Following the election I am struck by the discussions and postings and conversations I have been hearing, reading and having. I am struck by the fact that people are showing an interest in, a concern about and a growing awareness of the effect of politics on society. For many years there has been a growing sense of helplessness and a feeling of disengagement. I feel that with this election, both locally and nationally, the tide is beginning to turn.
I am not sure if you saw the posting by the URC minister Mike Walsh whose post election letter to David Cameron was shared over 100,000 times on Facebook and made its way into the papers. (see letter to a Prime Minister ) This was a piece which shared concerns for the impact of policies on the weakest and most vulnerable of society, the ones we should be protecting not vilifying. And then the Joint Public Issues Team, made up of the United Reformed Church, Baptist Union, Church of Scotland and Methodist Church, wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister asking him to support the most vulnerable (see the text of the letter ).
Who knows what the next 5 years will bring with a Conservative majority Government? We haven’t had one for 20 years so we do not really know. But whatever it brings, we need to be prepared to speak up, be heard, find ways to engage with politics and policy to make the voices of the unheard heard locally, nationally and globally. We are all in this together and if we talk, act and pray together over issues that affect all of us or some of us or even a few of us, then we can make a difference and we can turn the tide from seeking the best for self to seeking the common good for humankind. And it is things like that which lead to change and bring hope and reflect the teachings of Jesus, which Christians believe are the model for living well in community together.
What will you do?
Rev Jenny Mills
United Reformed Church