CLERGY TEAM

   

Rector


The Revd.

Matthew J Hughes

01689 856931

 jmath@btinternet.com

Associate Rector


The Revd.
Stephen Broadie
 01689 852843
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Assistant Priest


The Revd.

Bill Mullenger

020 8462 9624
wsmullenger@
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November Leader

In 1867 General William Sherman gave the following advice to the American President Ulysses Grant, ‘First clear off the buffalo, then clear off the Indians. We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux even to their total extermination, men, women and children. During an assault, the soldiers cannot pause to distinguish between male and female, or even discriminate as to age.’

By 1893 the Frontier had been declared closed, the native Americans had either been killed, or placed on reservations and out of 60 million buffalo that once roamed the prairies, a mere 300 were left. Sherman’s quote appears shocking today, especially as he himself had coined the famous phrase ‘war is hell’ and also wrote the following; ‘I confess, without shame, that I am sick and tired of fighting, its glory is all moonshine, even success the most brilliant is over dead and mangled bodies, with the anguish and lamentation of distant families, appealing to me for sons, husbands, fathers, tis only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded and lacerated that cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation.’

This month our thoughts turn once again to those who have perished as a result of war and the above quotes highlight the cruelty and pity of war, wherever it is fought. The winners usually write the history. It is familiar to hear US Presidents talk about freedom and justice, but there was little justice for the Native Americans or African Americans. The finger can be equally pointed at Britain and others. In ‘Tears of Rajas’ Ferdinand Mount tells the story of his family’s involvement in the colonisation of India, one of his ancestors, John Low, who was there in the eighteenth century wrote, ‘The conquests of the earth, which mostly means the taking of it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter nose than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much…’

Recently there has been a furious debate about the presence of certain statues in various countries. For some they are an important part of their country’s heritage and history and should be left alone. For others, they are constant reminders of past injustices and the beliefs that underpinned them and should be removed. This month, as we stand in front of our own memorial we will remember the consequence of war, which is death, but harder it will be to identify and change the root causes of war, as they are to a greater or lesser degree in all of us, for war so often results from the raw emotions of greed, envy, insecurity and fear of difference, or from people trying to defend themselves against them. Sometimes the lines are clear, other times they are blurred, for one nation’s ‘manifest destiny’ to coin the phrase of the American settlers, was the Native American’s destruction.

Jesus knew the origin of much that is wrong with the world when he said, ‘it is what comes out of a person that defiles them, for from inside of our hearts comes evil thoughts, acts of fornication, of theft, murder, adultery, ruthless greed and malice….’

It remains important that we honour the war dead of this village, but I hope we will also think of all people from all ages and countries who have lost their lives because of what was in the heart of their fellow man. November is a time of remembrance, but let us also never forget that wars are prevented when the hungry are fed, injustices righted, ideologies are challenged and envy and greed are checked and we learn to be more at peace and more content with who we are. As Blaise Paschal once wrote ‘All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.’

Matthew


FAITH AND WORSHIP

 

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