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Get Rich Quick - A Message from the Chaplain

Posted on Tuesday 1st March, 2016

My dear friends,

A number of years ago the charity Oxfam, which works with people affected by poverty and injustice, ran a series of billboard advertisements across the UK. The extra-large posters, which were displayed at bus shelters, roadsides and other public places, consisted of just four words. The first three were “Get Rich Quick” – the fourth word was “Give”.

That pithy slogan encapsulates a beautiful and paradoxical truth at the heart of the spiritual life – it is in giving that we receive. While material goods might be best accumulated through getting, gathering and defending, it is the opposite with spiritual capital. Spiritual goods – virtues such as love, generosity and compassion – increase the more they are shared, the more they are given away. 

The Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2016 gives us a wonderful opportunity to live this truth. As in previous years, our Diocesan Bishop Robert Innes, has written to all Chaplaincies in the Diocese in Europe requesting our assistance with a particular project. The focus of this year’s appeal is the Arab Evangelical Episcopal School in Ramallah in the West Bank. Bishop Robert writes:

“My last two appeals have been for aid for migrants coming into Italy and Greece. They related to work in our own diocese. This appeal, by contrast, is for the education of Palestinian children in the Holy Land. It relates to our neighbouring diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Education is of vital importance in attempts to secure a peaceful future for the Middle East. Education makes it easier for youngsters to stay in their home countries rather than embarking on the refugee trail.”

“The school is situated in the fertile area of Ramallah, 10 miles north of Jerusalem. It is co- educational with around 650 children from kindergarten to twelfth grade. The school believes that fulfilling its Christian mission comes through serving the Palestinian community, Muslim and Christian regardless of religion, race, gender, and socio-economic status. It aims to develop the “whole person” of the student.“

Money raised through the Lenten Appeal will be used to provide bursaries for needy students at the school. It will also be a significant expression of solidarity with a community whose numbers have fallen from 20 per cent to 2 percent of the region’s total population in the last 60 years.

Here at Saint Alban’s we will support Bishop Robert’s request in two specific ways. Firstly, the proceeds from coffee and cake donations during the season of Lent will be given to this worthy cause — so please bring along extra cakes and goodies to share at Coffee Time for the next few weeks. Secondly, the plate collection on Sunday 13 March will be given to the appeal. In these and other ways I hope that we will demonstrate that love, generosity and compassion are the greatest renewable resources on the planet – the more we give them away the more we all have. So, this Lent: “Get Rich Quick – Give!”


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