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All world religions are prone to disrespect and violence. Invariably, those acting in this way see their actions as justified by sacred cause. It would seem that it’s always been so. No religion, has been innocent. Every one of the great religions of the world, including Christianity, has been, at various times, both persecuted and persecutor.
So what are the fundamental principles we should try to live out in our relationship with other faiths?
What’s best in each of our traditions would suggest the following:
All that is good, true, and beautiful comes from one and the same God. Nothing that is true, irrespective of its particular religious or secular covering, may be seen as opposed to true faith and religion.
God wills the salvation of all people. God has no favourites. All people have access to God and to God’s Spirit, and the whole of humankind has never lacked for divine providence. Moreover no religion may reject anything that is true and holy in other religions.
No one religion has the full and whole truth. God is both infinite and ineffable. God cannot be captured adequately in human concepts and human language. While our knowledge of God may be true, it is only partial. God can be truly known, but God cannot be adequately thought.
All faiths and all religions are journeying towards the fullness of truth. No one religion or denomination may consider its truth complete, something to rest permanently within; rather it must see it as a starting point from which to journey. Moreover, as various religions we need to feel secure enough within our own ‘home’ so as to acknowledge the truth and beauty that is expressed in other ‘homes’. We should be pleased that there are other lives within which the faith is written in a different language.
God is ‘scattered’ in world religions. Anything that is positive within a religion expresses something of God and ….. seen from this aspect, the various religions of the world all help to make God known.
Within our own lives and within our own relationship to other religions, respect, graciousness, and charity must trump all other considerations. This does not mean that all faiths are equal, or that faith can be reduced to its lowest common denominator; but it does mean that what lies deepest inside of every faith are the fundamentals of respect, graciousness, and charity.
(Fr Peter Knott SJ)
Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust in God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things. And the servants of God, Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility, and when we address them, we say “PEACE." Amen.
(A muslim prayer for peace)
First Sunday Services - Sunday 6th December
08.45am Dowlish Wake 1662 Communion
10.00am Kingstone CHRISTINGLE
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
11.15am Cudworth Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong
LOVED AND LOST
Shepton Beauchamp 8th November at 5.00pm
Most of us have loved someone who has died, and from the earliest times the Christian Church recognised the grief and pain that this brings. It has also understood that the opportunity to remembered those we have loved and lost, is an important part of the grieving process. So each year we hold a simple, quiet, candle-lit service were we can remember our loved ones and, if you would like, theirs names can be read out and you can light a candle in their memory.
Buttle Close Common Room - Shepton Beauchamp
We meet at 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in the Common Room of Buttle Close for a short, gentle service of prayers, hymns, readings and a story. Everyone is very welcome.
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
These services are 30 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
EVENSONGS IN WINTER
Please check the times of Evensong at Stocklinch, Dowlish and Kingstone as the service will be held at 4.00pm during the winter months.
WEBSITE FOR OUR VILLAGES & CHURCHES
Our Churches - winsmoor.blogspot.co.uk
Barrington Village barringtonvillage.btck.co.uk
Barrington Pre-school barringtonpreschool.co.uk
Deanery Website crewkernedeanery.blogspot.co.uk
Shepton Beauchamp Village sheptonbeauchamp.org.uk
NEW Shepton Primary School sheptonbeauchamp.somerset.sch.uk
Stocklinch Village stocklinch.org.uk
From the Church Registers
29th Sept’ber Peggy Crofts, 95 yrs; graveside funeral service at Shepton and buried with her late husband John.
3rd October Lilly-Mae Morris; Holy Baptism at Barrington.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
Saturday 14th November - Kingstone
Craft Fair in church
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Saturday 28th November - Cudworth
Christmas Bazaar in church
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Sunday 29th November - Stocklinch
Advent Lunch in village hall
A Prayer for the Refugees
you are the source of all goodness, generosity and love.
We thank you for opening the hearts of many
to those who are fleeing for their lives.
Help us now to open our arms in welcome,
and reach out our hands in support.
That the desperate may find new hope,
and lives torn apart be restored.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord,
who fled persecution at His birth
and at His last triumphed over death. Amen.
‘Let nothing be wasted’!
This was the footnote from Jesus to the feeding of the 5000 – he admonished his disciples to collect all the leftovers from the miraculous distribution of fish and bread. I presume they were distributed to the poor, but the gospels don’t say.
There is growing public interest in how much food is wasted and how it can be recycled or redistributed to those who need it. It is estimated that the UK produces 15 million tonnes of food waste annually and households produce almost half of this. Avoidable household food waste has reduced by 21% since 2007 but the average UK household still throws away the equivalent of six meals every week! It is estimated that wasted food could cost each household £250-£400 annually. Of course many people are careful and compost any waste at home wherever possible and others share their surplus home produce with their neighbours.
Food poverty, and a rise in food bank use, has brought the issue of food waste to Parliament’s attention. Earlier this year a national report called Food security: demand, consumption and waste called for Defra to appoint a Food Security Co-ordinator to spur on change in the redistribution of surplus food to those in need. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty suggested in its Feeding Britain report (Dec 2014) that re-distributing and using surplus food would be the ‘next big breakthrough’ in eliminating hunger in the UK.
Food waste has a range of social, economic and environmental implications. UK waste policy is mainly driven by the EU Waste Framework Directive and food waste is a devolved issue. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, regulations require food waste to be collected separately for anaerobic digestion rather than landfill. In England voluntary approaches to reducing food waste are favoured and most food waste is still sent to landfill.
However the good news is that locally the Somerset Waste Partnership is trying to increase food waste recycling and cut the amount going to landfill. In March 2015 it started a project covering 115,000 homes in Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane, and South Somerset’s Chard and Ilminster area. A food recycling guide and supply of kitchen caddy liners were delivered to kerbside collection homes, with stickers reminding people to recycle food waste added to refuse bins. Local people responded with a 20% increase in food waste recycled throughout the project area. This should mean an annual increase of 1,570 tonnes of food waste being recycled, saving Somerset council tax payers £51,000 every year. As well as cash savings, there are strong environmental reasons to recycle food waste. Food waste put in refuse bins is landfilled and can decay for years and giving off methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide, helping drive climate change. But recycled food waste is processed at a special plant near Bridgwater, where the biogas is used to generate clean renewable electricity and make compost used by local farmers.
There are also initiatives at company level, eg one supermarket has introduced a new app for store managers to alert local charities etc to surplus food available for collection at the end of the day. Between cutting down our waste and giving generously to food banks we can all help reduce food poverty and help the environment too. Rev’d Annie Gurner – Rural Advisor email@example.com 07765 216818