Here we are at the beginning of spring and for me COVID seems to have made for a long winter. I must admit that I am enjoying the days getting longer and warmer and wish to acknowledge that we are now in month of the Seasons of Creation.
From September 13-20, the World Council of Churches will hold their annual World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September. The theme for 2020 is: Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility.
For those who read last week’s message, you may recall that I indicated that I would take the opportunity over the coming weeks to break open the concept I introduced to you, from my Hunter Community Alliance training, about private pain, pressure or motivation and intentional public action for the common good and how that might relate to our work toward the diocesan synod.
While thinking of this week’s message and reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel, Matthew 15:21-28, in which a Canaanite woman shouted at Jesus for him to have pity on her because her daughter was tormented by the devil, I recalled last week’s training that formed part of community organising for civil society and the Hunter Community Alliance.