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Crossing the divides

The Very Rev Albert Bogle urges us to pull down the ‘walls of shame’ separating us from fellow

Christians. BUILDING walls seems to be the age old solution to keeping people apart when they cannot agree.

Yet building walls only creates borderlines or borderlands of fear and mistrust. The world is full of these walls of shame. From Bethlehem to Belfast, from the US-Mexico border to the DMZ in Korea.

But it’s not just physical walls that do the damage. The real walls of shame are in our heads. Such walls become borderlands or borderlines between people and ideas, between war and peace, between hatred and fear, and between Christian and Christian. In this article I’m inviting us all to consider how we might begin to change mindsets and have these walls of shame removed. Surely we could become the peacemakers who remove the walls of mistrust and fear that have divided local Christians? Christ is waiting to meet us with the renewing presence of his Holy Spirit when we pray and seek the unity of his body.

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