THE autumnal equinox this year finds us facing the challenge of thousands of people fleeing their
THE autumnal equinox this year finds us facing the challenge of thousands of people fleeing their homes, their way of life, their trust in their country, even their way of faith.
Driven out by terror, threat, hatred, evil politics and no hope of a secure future, they have paid a high price for a place in flimsy boats, hiding in containers and trucks, clinging to anything that will carry them away from torture and war and attack.
During this summer we have witnessed an epic exodus which was initially chaotic, never guessing how it would grow and become more determined and focus on Europe and expose naivety and lack of community cohesion.
For years we have provided aid to those in great need as a result of mainly natural disasters. We have also taken aid into war zones and assisted in the rebuilding of failed states.
Whilst the European Community and the United Nations have talked about numbers and finances and core causes, many groups and individuals have now transformed their concern and are offering shelter in response to human need.
Images of the drowned and the exhausted, the expressions of thanks from those marching and the sights of those welcoming human beings began to bend the regulations and question the barriers and with some notable exceptions have begun to move things on.
We would rather our summer had ended with celebrations of sport and events to mark standing up to evil against all the odds. We would rather celebrate another harvest festival by welcoming the stranger, greeting the newcomer, seeking our role in this, having a plan. What is it?