engagement: working and praying for a world of peace, hope and justice

God and engagement

The writers of the Gospels gathered together key witness accounts of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Reflecting on this experience they concluded that in his life, death and resurrection God had been engaging in some dramatic new way with humanity and all of creation, and that a better world of peace, hope and justice for all was emerging - this from John's Gospel: the Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood. Taize Cross We sense God's continuing engagement with this wonderful and heartbreaking world now. We believe that as a Christ-following community we are called to look for signs of God's engagement, point towards such signs and celebrate them, and even be willing to become such a sign ourselves.

our role?

fern As mayBe we are looking to get engaged in our local setting - where we live and work - and on the wider scale in issues like climate chaos, world poverty, economic justice, human rights, peace-making and health care. Rowing club So how do we do that? We are seeking to make a difference for the wider world around us in the name of Christ. This is not through creating big new social programmes (there┬┐s plenty of those around here) but in 3 ways: Firstly through the small everyday stuff of looking out for our neighbour and caring for the stranger. Second through getting involved as individuals in the big issues with people and organisations who have the expertise and are already engaged. And thirdly, people in the community who sense a calling to engage in a particular way are given encouragement and space to initiate something around mayBe, and to offer this space to others - for example Effie began a group writing letters to persecuted prisoners. Much of what we do is small, unspectacular, even hidden, but there's good precedent for that - check out the stories Jesus told of the kingdom coming in the Gospels. Jane at Oxfam mayBe aims to support and equip individual members of the community in their place of work, study and home. Our dream is that mayBe community enables each person in and around mayBe to flourish. Our shared community life resources us to live useful and blessing-bringing lives in the wider world. mayBe people give support to, work in and engage alongside various organisations who are engaging with the issues of the moment in the UK and around the world. Christian Aid Logo greenbeltl ogo peopleandplanet_logo_strapline logo_oxfam We know that the only true measure of 'success' is lives lived over time, and the bringing of goodness, peace, hope and justice to the communities of which we are part - global and local. Engagement with and on behalf of our neighbour and our world is at the heart of mayBe for more on engagement check out 'resistance' on the spirit of mayBe page