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Healing the wounds

Thomas Baldwin considers the role the Church has to play in healing polarised division.
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“Where are we? We are divided. Those divisions are not going to go away, whatever decision [we] may reach. For each of us there is and will remain a continuing imperative of engagement with those who do not share our views.” - Lord Hodge, convener of the Special Commission on Same-Sex Relationships and the Ministry, addressing the 2011 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

BY THE time you read this, the UK may be around a month away from leaving the European Union. Or it may not. As I write, in very late January, Brexit is still due on March 29, but the plausible outcomes range from no-deal Brexit to no Brexit at all, a second referendum, a general election and the extension of Article 50 into the summer.

The only thing that is certain is that emotions are running high. Insults fly on social media, journalists and politicians are harassed and abused outside Parliament. MPs opposing Brexit have reported receiving death threats – threats that cannot be lightly dismissed, in the light of the murder of Jo Cox just before the referendum in June 2016.

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IN THIS ISSUE HEALING THE WOUNDS - The role of the Church in healing polarised division ‘MY LIFE WAS CHANGED’ - The life and faith of John Sturrock QC MINISTRY OF FATHERS - The impact of a charity bringing dads and their children together