After a week of tragic events - shootings in the nightclub in Orlando, policeman and wife shot in Paris, shooting of Jo Cox MP in Birstall and no doubt countless other unreported acts of terror and hate - it is good to see the pictures from last weekends Redeeming Our Communities conference.
People seeking to do good in society, bringing about positive change, loving others and seeing God's Kingdom of peace, hope, purpose, love, joy and transformation become a reality.
This weekend our teams will join millions of others who commit to making our communities a better place to be. Food banks, debt counselling, hospice care, seeking fairness and justice, praying, patrolling the streets, reaching out to homeless, running youth work, teaching, visiting the elderly / sick / vulnerable - the list of good acts goes on! They will serve, change lives, bring hope, invest in communities with no headlines.
Good, justice, positive change, love, hope, peace will win the day! The people intent on terror and hate are in the small minority - let us all commit to creating communities others want to be part of! Communities where all are valued, all are loved, all are respected, where all look after one another, where difference is celebrated not hated... I think that is the kind of community God calls us to be!
Paul Blakey MBE