“Individual actions may seen insignificant but together the small steps of many people can have an astonishing impact”
(The Call of Creation (2002) Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales)
“During the season of Easter we often reflect on how we live our lives. I would ask you to consider taking up the livesimply Community Challenge. Community Challenge is a livesimply initiative to encourage communities everywhere to take action for justice. The challenges encourage us to think about practical ways in which we can live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor and can be linked to learning, lobbying, lifestyle change, liturgy and local action.
Many people live in poverty in this world, while we live in a society that delights in consumption and measures everything in terms of material wealth.
Even with the current economic crisis, it is still the poorest people and the poorest countries who are going to feel the hardest edges of the recession because they have less to cushion them from the crisis and they are most dependent on the resources and trade of richer countries.
Our faith calls us to act against all the injustice that we see in the world.
Schools and confirmation groups have been particularly supportive of livesimply, with students and candidates making individual promises to make changes to their lifestyle and consider those less fortunate. I am now encouraging parishes to take up the challenge. For example:
Fairtrade offers an opportunity for producers in the developing world to work their way out of poverty and many parishes helped Brentwood to become a Fairtrade Diocese. Is your parish Fairtrade?
It’s just a small step to put 10p into a jar. But if every person, young and old, who attends Mass in the Diocese (48,820) was to do this it would amount to an amazing £4,882! A good example of “small steps having an astonishing impact”.
Bishop Thomas McMahon
Bishop of Brentwood
To find out more about how your community can get involved in the livesimply Community Challenge contact the Brentwood office or http://www.livesimply.org.uk