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News St Martin – Talking Points

Sunday 26 October 2014

As surely as we approach the season of ‘Mists and mellow fruitfulness’ so we have entered the time of ‘Remembrance’ of things past and also still with us.

All reminding me of a friend who delights in the expression ‘Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be’!

Anniversaries and Centenaries abound, we at St Martin’s note particularly the outbreak of hostilities in the First World War and the arrival here of Revd Dick Sheppard as Vicar, a vicar that St Martin’s remembers for the adventurous spirit that has inspired the church ever since.

The current programme based on the idea of turning ‘enemies into friends’ has special relevance for friendship. Dr Fisher is a good and long established Friend of the Connection who as a boy was conscripted into the Hitler Youth. Post war he was so horrified by what he had seen that he devoted his adult life to reconciliation with Britain through support for bodies such as St Martin’s Social Care Unit and the International YMCA which he helped to re-establish in Germany.

Listening to Neil MacGregor’s excellent Radio 4 series on the history of the German people I began to understand how deep the roots are between our two nations and how the European situation before the First War was convoluted by treaties aimed at ensuring friendship which actually created enmities!

At St Martin’s we take friendship seriously, let us hope and pray that we can see our friendship as a spiritual force and as the outworking of love both personally and communally.

Roger Shaljean