Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Is social exclusion unavoidable?

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This morning I walked over Millennium bridge on my way to work.  On the middle of the bridge, a guy was handing out some flyers with a tennis player on the front.

After grabbing one, I quickly realised it was a Jewish flyer that compared tennis with religion. I found the link quite tenuous at first, but soon realised it was rather genius.

 

Whilst many of us celebrated Andy Murray’s Wimbledon triumph, there were also many that sat by unaffected on the sidelines. Sporting events that bring people together, like Wimbledon, like The Ashes, like the football World Cup, turn some people off.

Faith is quite similar in this way – it can connect people from all ages, all ethnicities, and all income backgrounds. But it can also leave some of us feeling uncomfortable, disconnected, even pressured.

It got me thinking – is this avoidable? Do the things with the power to connect many of us always leave some feeling excluded? Is there anything we can do about it?

At The Challenge Network, we have brought together people from all ethnicities, from all ages, from all income backgrounds to build connections with one another.

There is always something we can do to bring us all together. 

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