Feb 7, 2016

Freddy's February Letter

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Category: General
Posted by: suzi hedgecock

Looking back now, 2015 will be remembered as the year of the refugee crisis - although that crisis began in 2011. For the Church of England, the first women Bishops slipped into post in a way that left many wondering what the fuss had been about.

At the time of writing this letter, Archbishop Welby is gathering all the Bishops of the Anglican Communion in the hope that some form of agreement, or, at least, accomodation, might be found in the matter of same-sex relationaships. Unfortunately, the Church's stance on same-sex marriage has convinced many of its homophobia. There has to be a way through this.

Then there is the massive Reform and Renewal programme, introduced in January 2015 and ready to progress to more practical action in the year ahead. It will affect us and how we think of mission and what it means to be in the South Dartmoor Mission Community. The Reform and Renewal programme will have succeeded if it manages to refocus our attention and the rest of the churches attention, on the servant ministry to the communities around us.

Each new year brings its challenges. Please pray for the Church and its leaders - that it might faithfully give the love of God to the world.

Epiphany, the season which we are in, is about the visit of the mysterious strangers to the Christ child. The message of that visit, is that God's love is already active in the world at large. Christians can set a good example by dealing with internal strife in a spirit of love and humility.

Finally, we are so proud that the British Empire Medal has been awarded to our churchwarden, Marilyn Sharp. Well deserved.

May this year bring us all blessings.

Father Freddy

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