Faith at Work XXVIII

November 2006

It is always good to discover how people who are otherwise independent form effective working relationships. I have heard of several in recent visits to the Science Park where different companies based there have relied on each other for contributions to their business. Part of the philosophy behind setting the Park up is that a good environment is established where businesses are supported by the team running the place and by interactions between the various companies who work there. It is a good example of a community that finds itself determined partly by its location and partly by its reason for being.

The same is true of the local Church. The Church of England, as the established church of the land, has operated a parochial model of being that enables everyone to determine, through reference to the Parish boundaries, who is available to support them spiritually for whatever reason. In addition, all of the activities that thrive around the church depend on the complex web of interactions between its members and anyone else who is drawn in. It is a constantly evolving community and it relies, as the Science Park does, on a good network of people collaborating to produce an effective environment that caters for a wide range of needs and perspectives.

There are several reminders in November when we share a loving concern for others, including the possibility that they hold different views on life. The Church celebrates All Souls Day when we call to mind all those who have gone before us; we hold a Memorial Service on 5th November at St.Nicholas to dedicate them once more to God and to honour their lives. On the 12th November, we remember those who gave their lives in time of War. Striving for one perspective over another causes so much conflict in the world, whether rooted in class, colour, creed or ethnic origin. Community is built when all this is transcended and we collaborate with each other on all levels, recognising and respecting our differences and learning to work, play and worship with each other.

Many of us probably feel that we belong to a variety of different communities, those in the workplace, in the churches, in clubs, in schools, in our street; the list can go on and on. We have responsibilities to others in all of these groups and it is worth pausing to reflect on what they are and how we might respond. The Iona Community has written a prayer that speaks of these things:

Further in all things
the purpose of our community,
that hidden things may be revealed to us, and
new ways found to touch the hearts of all.

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