I finally got to see Arabella Dorman’s Suspended at Leicester Cathedral yesterday; an art installation which is truly overwhelming.
The full title, Suspended – in search of light evokes a powerful image of displaced people fleeing the darkness in search of light. All of these clothes were worn by refugees who arrived at Lesbos cold and wet, as well as exhausted, from traumatic journeys which can barely be imagined. Taking time to really look at these clothes I saw people of all ages and walks of life – displacement had been incredibly inclusive!
Focusing in on the shoes got to the real heart of the matter for me – probably in many cases favourite shoes showing how people left in haste; who would have chosen to wear some of these shoes for such a treacherous journey…? These shoes and items of clothing represent real people with real lives, and real fears which forced them to leave all that they had ever known behind, even to the last items of clothing that they had chosen for themselves….
#583 #day2 of #LentChallenge with @bible_society #wilderness as #uninhabited and #inhospitable region, #neglected and #abandoned. I #pray for all those in wilderness, especially #refugees #asylumseekers powerless to free themselves. I pray for hope, resilience, rescue and strength. Amen.
#196 This evening was one of the occasions where representatives from each of the Theological Colleges in Oxford go and worship and have dinner at other colleges. We went to #regentspark which was so lovely and welcoming. The sermon was very thought provoking and encouraged us to think about the opposite of exclusion…embrace! How can we embrace the excluded in our churches? #refugees #lgbt #poorandunderprivileged (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)
#143 A family walk around #lanarkloch got me thinking about #solidarity. These trees stand alongside one another at all times, no matter what. There are a few people in my life for whom I am like a tree – planted alongside them, in solidarity, no matter what. I wonder whether I should be standing in solidarity to those who I do not have a shared history with – #refugees #peopleinneed – this Christmas… (at Lanark Loch)
#44 #home and #comfort are perhaps things that we have come to take for granted in some parts of the world. Yesterday was a bit of a chilly day and I spent much of the day on the sofa reading. I felt comfortable, safe and secure, as I pray many of us do at home. With the #refugeecrisis however I expect the #refugeecamps are a very different picture, with very little comfort or homeliness. When it’s cold, many people will just have to be cold, when it rains, their clothes are wet. They don’t have a wardrobe of clothes to consult, often they have only what they stand up in. In our #morningprayer reading yesterday Jesus was asked about entering the Kingdom of God. He said ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ I’m not sure that Jesus was referring to literal wealth as much as a mindset regarding how you use, or do not use your wealth. Equally, I would not consider myself a rich person at all, but as I think about the disparity between my home, comfort and possessions, and those of #refugees in #calais, the only conclusion I can come to is that I must act. How could we do anything but say #refugeeswelcome – after all we are ALL children of God, aren’t we?
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/crying-out-for-calais (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)