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Making a stand

BA69B33A A211 4FF7 9D01 6C86EEAF158B 1018 0000016964F3F2F6Words are inadequate to describe the terrible events that happened on Monday night in Manchester. It has shocked our nation and will deeply affect many lives for years to come.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who are personally affected.

We all have a “response aibility- our ability to respond to such tragic events. Compassion instead of anger, reconciliation instead of revenge, talking instead of silence, peace instead of violence. This can work out in the small things as well as the big things of life. How we treat our colleagues, our family, even strangers - recognising each as an equally vaulable human being; no-one is less than you. maybe, that’s where we can start making a stand.

A quote from Martin Luther King Jnr:

Violence as a way of achieving justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.

There is an iconic photo, which can’t be used for copyright reasons, of Lesha Evans in Baton Rouge where she makes a stand against violence. Check it out if you have time. 

If you want to get in touch and talk about how this all makes you feel then please contact:
Chic on: or 07814093240; or

Geoff on: 07933167480 


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