Month: April 2019

Accepting Age

When we are young we often want to be older – after all there are so many things that adults can do that children can’t – there’s so much freedom. However when you’re an adult you just want to be a child again, no responsibilities, so much more energy. Is there a perfect age when we’re actually happy with the age we are?

As we continue to look at the equality act, the first characteristic that we’re going to explore is age. It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their age – whether that is young or old. Our thought for the week comes from Satchel Paige who says ‘Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind it doesn’t matter’. Often age can be an issue for ourselves but what about other people?

When we were looking at equality generally we were considering the tapestry that is humanity – so many different people with so many characteristics and so many strengths. I have often found that I get on with people who are older than me, I’m not sure why but I think it has a lot to do with being able to draw on their wisdom and experience; but I also enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews and friends children because it gives the excuse to play games, run around, play with lego.

We need to see the strengths of people of different ages, but also see the strengths in ourselves and our age as well – after all we can’t change it so we might as well accept and embrace it.

Challenge: how can you impact those who are older and younger than you?

Prayer: father God thank you for the strength and energy of the young and the wisdom of those who are older. Help us to see the strengths in each other and help where is needed Amen

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Accepting Equality

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We have just celebrated Easter Sunday, for many that would have mainly been about lots of chocolate and family gatherings. But for those in the Church it was about celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, and what that means. What does it mean? New Life in Jesus for ALL, not just the chosen people but for ALL.

We live in a society which can feel both completely integrated but also completely separated, there seem to be so many groups of people but we are also one. Over the next term our overriding theme is “Accepting difference; Celebrating diversity”, we are going to be looking at the equality act of 2010 and each week looking in more detail at some of the protected characteristics.

What does it mean to be equal? For so many it means to be treated exactly the same, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Equality is about ensuring that all people have the same opportunity to achieve and participate. A bit of a silly example is that most of our wedding photos are taken sitting down, why is this the case? It is purely because my husband is 6ft7 and I’m only about 5ft2 so by sitting down we are at a similar level. In work places some people need to be given additional support to be able to complete the same job as someone else.

This does not mean that everybody is going to be able to be successful in everything, after all we all have different skills. My husband is very good at reaching top shelves, whereas I find it easier to bend down and reach things on the floor. However everybody should be given opportunities, and should not be treated differently because of a characteristic about them, whether that is race, gender, disability, sexuality, age, religion, or something else.

Our thought for the week comes from Frances Wright who says:

“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without equality”

For freedom we need equality, because without equality some people will be penalised and held back. At Easter we celebrated Jesus dying and rising so that we ALL can have freedom after all, as it says in Romans 2:11 “For God does not show Favourtism”

 Challenge: Can you think of examples where equality isn’t shown in your every day life? Is there any way that you can challenge that?

Prayer: Father God, we thank you for Jesus dying on the cross and rising to new life, so that we too may have a new life. Thank you that you do not show favouritism and help us to show that in our lives as a reflection of you. Amen