The Bishop of Guildford’s Lent Call

Lent Call

Lent Call

Make Lent count in a different way this year, with the Count Your Blessings calendar available to all our parishes. Throughout Lent, the short reflections and actions detailed are intended to inspire us all to give thanks for the blessings in life and enable us to help change the lives of those less fortunate – both at home and abroad. – Bishop Ian

Count Your Blessings is a reminder to us to reflect on our blessings from God. Living as we do in relative wealth, it asks us to make a generous response that will bring hope and a blessing to communities living in poverty. So let’s go for it! Let’s count our blessings and be prepared to share them. — The Right Reverend Ian Brackley, Bishop of Dorking

I was on my way to lunch at Guildford Institute, but diverted to a bowl of soup and a piece of bread at St Nicolas Church.

On the tables were leaflets, Make Lent Count, with thought provoking messages for each day of Lent, with possible responses. These were grouped into themes for week days and weekends.

Our climate is changing, with more extreme weather hitting the poorest hardest, at home and abroad.

The planet burns whilst our politicians fiddle. Extreme weather events are becoming the norm. No action is being taken to curb global warming, the floods that hit Surrey and other parts of England this winter were preventable had money been spent on soft defences, rewilding, and there been implementation of better farming practices.

Despite us having the technology and the knowledge that we need, a staggering 783 million people still do not have access to clean drinking water.

Give 20p for every drink of water you have today.

It is a scandal the chairman of Nestlé sees water as a commodity not a basic human right.

There are now over 30 food banks and breakfast clubs in Surrey and north-east Hampshire.

UK is a wealthy country, and yet food banks are the fastest growing sector. When this was debated in Parliament, the chamber was almost empty, and yet it was full to overflowing when MPs salaries was debated.

Nearly half the population of Africa live on less than $1.25 a day. Most of us have spent that by the time we’ve had breakfast.

Consider taking the Christian Aid Live Below the Line challenge and get an idea of what it’s like to live in hunger.

Living on less than a dollar a day in a Money Economy, is to live in dire poverty. In a self-sufficient or Gift Economy, the figure becomes meaningless as living outside the Money Economy.

Tax dodging by some unscrupulous multinational companies costs poor countries and their communities an estimated $160bn every year – far more than the global aid budget.

Support UK Uncut in taking direct action against tax dodgers.

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