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Dear Friends,

I expect many of you readers will know that I have been taking part in a pilgrimage this year, the Reconcilers Together ‘Journey of Hope’. Reconcilers Together is a growing ecumenical network of Christian organisations across the UK and Ireland. Their shared mission is to inspire and equip Christian leaders to be a reconciling presence in their churches and communities. I was selected last year as one of twenty people across the UK and Ireland invited to take part in this new initiative, having the opportunity to work collaboratively and share best practice within the wider field of Christian Peace-making as our monthly meetings have taken me to each of the centres of Reconciliation around the country. It has been quite a trip!

I have loved elements of the journey, meeting other leaders called to a ministry of reconciliation and sharing joys and woes, as we face an ever-changing pattern of what it means to ‘be Church’. It has also been hard, very hard at times, as we have examined what reconciliation means for ourselves, each other and for the world and environment. But then, pilgrimages are meant to be hard.

May is the first month this year that I will not be going away to a centre for peace and reconciliation as it is ‘Action at Home’ month. Elements of my actions will be happening behind the scenes as I pray and discern what a ministry of reconciliation looks like in a group of five parishes, also part of a larger Mission Area and Mission Community, as we work more closely together to create sustainable futures for our congregations, buildings and, most importantly, mission and witness of faith in Low Furness.

An Action at Home event that I look forward to sharing with you all is an evening Café Church event on Thursday 16th May. The evening will be based on ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’, a parable for modern times. Described as ‘simply written, but powerful and unforgettable’, it tells the tale of a shepherd whose gentle persistence offers new life and hope. The evening will begin with cheese and wine, followed by a short film and discussion. We will explore the theme of reconciliation and what it means for each of us, our church and our environment. I look forward to an evening of good fellowship and fun!

I hope that, whatever this late spring month holds for you, you will be blessed to enjoy the longer days and warmer weather. For those avid gardeners among you, don’t forget about Urswick’s plant sale on 25th. And if anyone wants Raspberry canes there are plenty springing up in the vicarage garden…you are welcome to come and dig them up if you have somewhere to offer them a new home!


May you be blessed, Lucie


Yours in Christ,

Lucie


Rev Lucie Lunn, The Vicarage, Great Urswick