In our reflections at morning staff briefings, the theme this past week has been ‘Belonging and Identity’ which reflects the theme of Social Justice Week - “We all have a migration story” – September 11-17. For some the ‘migration’ in our own lives has been large-scale, for others just incremental. But all of us have a ‘migration story’ of our own, even if used as an analogy for change of pathway and lifestyle.
In the wider sense, the Church asks us to consider how we welcome and integrate migrants into our communities. In 2015 the number of persons living in a country other than where they were born reached 244 million for the world as a whole, a 41% increase compared to 2000 (www.caritas.org.nz). Global inequity and conflict can be attributed to much of this migration movement. When we meet migrants, do we take the time to hear their story and be enriched by new friendships and understanding of different cultures? Jesus was accepting of all and teaches us to be inclusive but do we practise this? This is something for us all to reflect upon during Social Justice Week.
As is our tradition, the leaders of Special Character will be collecting cans of food at assembly on Wednesday for ‘Can for a Cause’. These cans will be delivered to the St Vincent de Paul Society which then uses these cans in food parcels they distribute around the Gore community. Please help your son or daughter to remember their can on Wednesday morning.
I encourage you to attend St Peter’s College’s very own Media Studies students’ Film Festival next Thursday at the St James Theatre. To be fully immersed in the cultural life of the college make sure you get your tickets to the Senior Production at the Little Theatre the following week. I am certainly looking forward to both!