Many of you will remember that last June Jo Cox MP was tragically murdered in her constituency in Yorkshire. Jo Cox lived her life sharing her belief that we have more in common than divides us; her life as a public servant was dedicated to uniting communities and standing up for vulnerable people like refugees and Asylum Seekers.
At Church Urban Fund we have been successfully uniting communities and celebrating diversity in our country for a number of years through the Near Neighbours programme. This is a programme that has brought together over a million people with the belief that diversity in our country makes us stronger.
Together with Brendan Cox, the Jo Cox Foundation, and Archbishop Justin, we are encouraging people to host a Great Get Together with Near Neighbours over the anniversary weekend of 16-18 June.
The event can be anything that suits you and your community – a BBQ, a garden party, a sports day or picnic – the point is to meet with others and celebrate that we share more in common than divides us.
We know as Christians that Jo was right when she said that we have more in common than divides us; there is a fundamental humanity in all of us as made in the image of God. The Great Get Together with Near Neighbours is a chance to celebrate with those around us in our communities, both in recognition of what we all share and of the blessing that diversity is to our country.
The key dates are 16th – 18th June for school, church or community events.
If you wish to celebrate the Great Get Together with Near Neighbours as a part of your church activities this June, please register your church here.
With every blessing,
Canon Paul Hackwood
Executive Director, Church Urban Fund