Vicar's Column - September 2019
St John the Baptist Parish Church
Brexit… Boris… Brexit… Boris… Despite the parliamentary recess over the summer, we have not had much respite from either of the “B” words. As the cliff edge approaches, I hear the constant refrain that democracy must prevail but I am personally yet to be convinced that a no deal Brexit is desired by 100% of the 51% who voted to leave Europe. It was not the glorious scenario outlined in the all too brief campaigning season.
We need to consider the consequences for the whole of our society, including those who have moved here and made Britain their home. The gospel is on the side of the poor, marginalised and vulnerable. Who will be worst affected if we crash out without a deal? There are also implications for our relationship with our European neighbours. This has been referred to as a “divorce”, no less. Will the post-World War 2 peace priorities be forgotten? We are already seeing troubles re-surfacing around the Irish boarder. Then there is the eco-agenda to consider. In the scramble to establish new trade deals with the rest of the world, we are learning that our ethical and environmental standards will need to be lowered if the United States has its way, not to mention the increased global footprint caused by the distance that goods will be transported.
It is easy to despair, or bury our heads in the sand, or stockpile. It is important that, in the midst of political turmoil and fears about the future, we do not give in to self-interest and buy into a nationalism that regards others as the enemy. In the words of the Prophet Micah, “what does the Lordrequire of youbut to do justice, and to love kindness,and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) We must pray, petition and continue to be peacemakers in a world of increasing division and conflict.
The Church of England has published the following prayer for the nation:
God of hope,
In these times of change,
Unite our nation
And guide our leaders with your wisdom.
Give us courage to overcome our fears,
and help us to build a future
in which all may prosper and share;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Revd Dr Lisa Cornwell
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Waterloo Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7NT
There is ample parking along Waterloo Road, and around the back of the Church on the unmade road Church Street.