Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Standing Up for What You Believe In

It takes alot to have beliefs and even more to be able to defend them. This is the only way you can have made an impact. The Faslane365 programme of a rolling blockade has been an exciting year-long event in which non violent direct action has continuously highlighted the nuclear submerine base in Scotland. Groups from all around the country have gone and given their few hours. Recently a friend of mine went and wrote a poem about her experiences, one which I wish to share now:
There are police in a line all dressed in yellow and black, With the Trident subs bobbing just behind their back. But our eyes are open wide, to the threat that lies ahead, So we choose to lie in the road this morning, instead of in our bed. Life is the right to be a human The second you enter the race. Irony is an arrest for breaching the peace Outside a nuclear missile base. We write letters of opinion and protest to the government, Which never seem to be read. So within this democracy it remains for us, To make our voice heard through other means instead. Life is the right to be a human The second you enter the race. Irony is an arrest for breaching the peace Outside a nuclear missile base. The use of a weapon of mass destruction, Can only end in death. Which is why we non-violently, directly and actively Move closer to peace with each step, with each breath. Sometimes we'll face setbacks, barriers or get knocked down, But you know, we won't be deterred. Supporting each other, working together, These times will leave us shaken and stirred…. ….Up for more action, We're looking for a reaction Of recognition that nuclear missiles Are the face of death, while we face trials In court, will people catch on to the love That drives us to run, walk or crawl, Towards our destination, A beautiful place, Where peace will appear and oppression will fall. We are all Children of God. Life is the right to be a human The second you enter the race. Irony is an arrest for breaching the peace Outside a nuclear missile base.
The Author is Nina Carter-Brown who owns the marvelous Fairgrounds shops. Take Care Y'All John

Monday, October 08, 2007

Transforming the world through your church

Video from www.creationchallenge.org.uk Two differing initiatives are about at the moment that can really present exciting challenges to churches up and down the country. The first, eco-congregation, is a non denominational tool-kit to 'green' up your church. The second, jubilee congregations, builds upon the Jubilee debt campaign to build the congregation into a network of debt activitists. Both these are worth doing because both will change your church in different ways. Eco congregation will really enable everyone to engage with the environment and the way they impact it. Jubilee Congregation provides a much more outward looking connection with the rest of the world. It ensures that the rumble for Justice,be it economic or environmental, continues. For what links both of these is the realisation that a few prayers in the intercessions isn't enough. Instead everyone needs to engage. We live in an amazing and wonderful world. The only problem is that humanity has a good naque for messing it up, through economics or environmental impact and it is only through this self realisation of the role we all play that we can begin to create the solutions. Churches have often been a beacon of social activity. Now lets help turn that into activism! This need for activism stems from the central message within the New Testemant that we are not called to be christians just to make ourselves feel good. INstead we need to create an impact on the world around us. As humanity has become more aware of the problems it creates it often can seem like buzzwords bingo with poverty one year and environment the next. The strength within both these packs it that it shows why both these issues are lifelong concerns. Ones that need to be tackled head on. Ones that can be tackled head on and ones that should be tackled head on. Take Care Y'All John