Editorial – SOUNDS LIKE HOPE
Most of us will be familiar with the work of Habitat for Humanity. Philip Yancey tells the story of how it was founded by Millard Fuller. He describes him as “a millionaire entrepreneur from Alabama whostill speaks with a cotton-fieldstwang. Rich but miserable, his marriage on the rocks, he headed to Americus, Georgia, where he fell under the spell of Clarence Jordan, the radical Christian who paraphrased the Cotton Patch versions of the Gospels.”
Philip Yancey describes how Fuller decided to give away his personal fortune and “founded
an organisation on the simple premise that every person on the planet deserves a decent place to live. Today Habitat for Humanity organises hundreds of thousands of volunteers to build houses all over the world.”
He continues: “I once heard Fuller attacked by an elderly lady who was scandalised to learn that her money was going to support a Christian mission. ‘Ma’am, we do not try
to evangelise,’ Fuller patiently explained. ‘You do not have to be
a Christian to live in one of our houses, or to help us build one. But the reason I do what I do, and so many of our volunteers do what they do, is that we are being obedient to Jesus’.”
The Corrymeela Community recently hosted Dr Rip Patton and Dr Sybil Patton. They were talking to students, teachers and the public about their experiences as civil rights activists in the deep south of 1960s USA.
What was the message that
Rip Patton had for the people he met? Tim Magowan, the interim executive director of Corrymeela, described what struck him. It was “… to believe in the ‘power of one’ – each of us has the power to bring positive change, despite the huge challenges we are facing. From some it could have sounded twee, from him it sounded like hope.”
In Matthew 25, Jesus said: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
The passage continues, “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe
you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ”
The words of Millard Fuller resonate with this passage. “… the reason I do what I do, and so many of our volunteers do what they do, is that we are being obedient to Jesus.” That is the often unspoken motivation behind simple acts of service to others that take place
in parishes across the length and breadth of this island. That doesn’t sound twee – it sounds like hope.
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REV ROBERT LAWSON
VERY REV ERNON PERDUE
Duncan. On 3rd February, Ven William Albert, Beech Hill, Ballymoney, Co Antrim. Rector of Ramoan, 1978-96,and Archdeacon of Dalriada, 1993-96, both Diocese of Connor.
Medhurst. On 24th February, Rev Dr Leslie John, Ballyhalbert Gardens, Bangor, Co Down. Rector of Helen’s Bay, Diocese of Down and Dromore, 1997-2005, and Honorary Priest, St George’s, Belfast, Diocese of Connor, 2013.Rusk. On 8th February, Very Rev Frederick John, Banbridge Road, Lurgan, Craigavon, Co Armagh. Rector of
St Nicholas, Belfast, 1988-98, and Dean of Connor, 1995-98, both Diocese of Connor.
Canon W. Henry Blair Rector of Magheraculmoney (Kesh), Diocese of Clogher, to be Rector of the Grouped Parishes of Tullanisken (Newmills) and Clonoe, Diocese of Armagh.
Rev Dennis C. Christie Curate-Assistant of Ballymena and Ballyclug, to be Rector ofthe Grouped Parishes of Ahoghill & Portglenone, both Diocese of Connor.
Canon Malcolm R. K. Ferry Rector of St Augustine’s, Diocese of Derry & Raphoe, to be Rector of Agherton (Portstewart), Diocese of Connor.
Rev Neal Phair Rector of the Ballybay Group ofParishes, Diocese of Clogher, to be Rector of Swords, Donabate and Kilsallaghan, Diocese of Dublin & Glendalough.
Canon David Skuce Rector of Inishmacsaint, Diocese of Clogher, to be Rector of Dunfanaghy, Raymunterdoney and Tullaghobegley, Diocese of Derry & Raphoe.
Canon K. Paul Whittaker Rector of Errigal and Desertoghill (Garvagh), to be Rector of Leckpatrick and Dunnalong, both Diocese of Derry & Raphoe.