That sounds a little exclusive! Already you may be asking ‘what about the others’? But if the ‘us’ is taken to mean every human being then there are no ‘others’, no longer any ‘us and them’. ‘Othering’ happens when people are seen as being not like us. They are labelled and placed somewhere far away in our thinking.
Who’s job is it to build community, include the isolated, and care for the vulnerable?
We can’t leave it to professionals, or even to others... Its Just Us who make a difference!
That might mean supporting persons returning from prison, helping people fit in, making life better for all the community.
There are other ways: treasuring our differences, refusing to see only one side, accepting that all have great potential, and that to err is human too.
The National Launch Service for Prisoners Week is at 18.30 on Monday 16th November in St Margaret’s, Drip Road, Stirling FK9 4UA, followed by refreshments. The Service is ecumenical and all are welcome.
Local community and prison events also celebrate the week. Of special interest this year is a social enterprise project supporting the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). Called Atonement Live Music, there will be a CD launch at HMP Perth on 18th November to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Live Aid. Further details about accessing the music will be made available on this website.
"The Power of Speaking Out" is the title of a blog by Sarah Roberts who has a special interest on the effects of imprisonment on children and families. Read Sarah's blog
"What the Lord requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God." Micah 6:8
"Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them." Hebrews 13:3
The Prisoners Week Prayer
Lord, you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those who are held in prison.
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist.
Support with your love: prisoners, their families and friends,
prison staff, chaplains and all who care.
Heal those who have been wounded by the activities of others,
especially the victims of crime.
Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, to love mercy,
and walk humbly together with Christ
in his strength and in his Spirit,
now and every day. Amen.