What does the Rector do?
Here’s the second in my short series of blogs offering a few reflections on some of the ministry I’ve been involved with during the week. I’m choosing one aspect of each day, today …
Most Tuesdays mornings as the school day begins at St Chrysostom’s School I gather with about eight or so children, usually different ones each week, for Munamato, a time of spiritual reflection and prayer for anyone who comes, whatever their faith background. Many different faiths are represented at the school. You can read more about Munamato here, with comments from staff and children).
Today we began as usual forming a ring with our hands. In this way we show our equality and willingness to listen to one another. We welcomed one another by saying together Welcome to Munamato!
We looked at photos of the Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We shared what moments of the wedding were special for us. Then together, as we thought of how the royal couple had shared their joy with so many, we thought about how we can do that. We talked about birthdays, and how we can share sweets or cake with others, perhaps classmates, at birthdays. We thought of how we can show photographs of our family events to people in our classes at school or among friends. We agreed that saying thank you to those who had helped a special day for us was a way of sharing our joy too.
Then we thought about how our differing faiths had hopes, celebrations and ideas which we could share with others and talk about.
Munamato has some of the characteristics of the nature of an Indaba group, described by Archbishop Rowan Williams as a place “where everyone has a voice and where there is an attempt to find a common mind or a common story that everyone is able to tell when they go away from it.”
Munamato may only be a small, and relatively insignificant gathering of children in a primary school, yet it is also a special sign that often a common mind can be achieved through sensitivity to diversity, listening to all equally, praying and sharing insights. It is, for me a sign of the Holy Spirit at work, a sign of hope.