Thought of the Week: time to transform your community

Rev Andrew David Hall, Assistant Curate at St Martin's Church in Brighouse and St John's in Clifton

Rev Andrew David Hall, Assistant Curate at St Martin's Church in Brighouse and St John's in Clifton

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Allow me to pose this question – Have you ever joined a church or a community group or even a political party in the hopes of experiencing a real life change, a connection, a sense of belonging, only to be disappointed?

Community may be one of the most over promised, under delivered aspects of life in the world today. Individuals remain selfish and stubbornly insular. Communities are spirituality lifeless and morally corrupt.

We see this by watching the news or reading the papers. As though life is falling apart because we don’t know how to experience transformation together.

Transformation in a community doesn’t come from inspiring preachers or eloquent politicians or by adding new initiatives and programmes to help our society. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to healthy habits, virtues, good attitudes and practices, which in turn opens us up to Christ and his love.

In Lent we have the opportunity to acknowledge our faults and our broken humanity and ask God to help us to be different. Are you up for transforming the community we live in?