I went to Wakefield today to do some mission planning work. Unusually I took a break to get lunch from a very impressive sandwich shop. The friendly owner was eager to share thoughts about how Brexit would impact on the local people. I took my sandwich to the cathedral which provides a welcoming and accessible space for prayer and reflection.
I must say that I felt more connected and aware of the world for being in the cathedral. There were displays giving good information about migrants and refugees, a book of condolences for Jo Cox and well laid out spaces to sit and reflect. I was invited to walk the Labyrinth which is a way of moving towards an encounter with God and then back out into the world. This was the best spent 4O minutes of my day.
I believe the church as a body of people, as well as the buildings, provides a space in which people can begin to comprehend the world in a more complete and wonderful way. We are presently immersed in the noise of Brexit which is characterised by fear and endless bickering, but here in the cathedral we find the possibility quietness and hope.
I wonder if the answer to this troublesome Europe debacle is to grab a sandwich and go into a quiet space for a bit. There we can watch and listen reconnecting with ourselves, with each other and with God.