Faith at Work VIII

March 2005

One of the many challenges that the BCUIM seeks to address is to help people in the workplace make sense of their life through connecting with their spirituality. The season of Lent is a good time to do this as we examine ourselves in the light of the life and ministry of Jesus.

This year, the BCUIM is planning to hold a "Holy Week Experience" on the Tuesday evening when we will come together and lead ourselves (and those who wish to share with us) through a series of guided meditations. At various stages in life and at different times we may experience many things: we may feel desolation, a time of wilderness when nothing seems to be going our way and we are sorely tested but not, we hope, beyond our capacity; we may find ourselves questioning who we really are and perhaps finding transformation; we may struggle with competing interests or concerns that stretch us in several directions before discerning a way forward; we may have great suffering and long for resolution. This evening is intended to help us explore the areas that we could expand next year when we aim to offer material that could be used as a Lent study course.

On the subject of desolation, I went back in January to the site where I used to work and found it completely flattened as it is prepared for new use. Where laboratories, offices, workshops and testing facilities used to be, houses will be built and a new community grow up. All that is left of what I remember is the block at the front of the site that is being left as a fine example of a scientific building put up in the 1950s; for now the rest of the site is a wilderness awaiting new growth.

My work there was rewarding, I learnt many things and I found encouragement belonging to the working community it was like home. In 2002, on Good Friday, my time came to an end; I handed in my badge that identified me as a bona fide employee and drove away with my severance package. It was a sad time, the end of an era and I found myself asking why it was felt that our work was no longer needed and why our well-established group was being discarded. There are no good answers except that our paths now lead elsewhere; it reminds me of someone else who had suffered that very day 2000 years before you may know him:

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black
it's hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I'd gone,
but I am the dance, and I still go on.

Lord of the Dance, lead us all
AMEN



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