We believe Hope needs to be worked at. While at times we can ‘feel’ hopeful. More often, when staring at injustice or deep-rooted poverty we find ourselves ‘feeling’ overwhelmed. Hope then, ‘like faith and love, is best seen as a decision rather than a feeling: you must decide to have faith in God, you have to choose to love your enemy (at times even your spouse). Equally we have to ‘hold unswervingly to the hope we profess.’’2
Indeed ‘Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.’3
We want to show a way for churches to turn their feelings of hope into action
2 A quote from Ed Walkers book ‘Reflections from the Scorched Earth.’ Click here for a link to the book.
3 St Augustine: quoted in ‘We don’t do God’ John Burton and Eileen McCabe. Published by continuum 2009