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Wellbeing Wednesday - Justice
Welcome to the first Wellbeing Wednesday of this term. The theme for this week's Wellbeing Wednesday was going to be 'New Beginnings'. But it may be hard to think about new beginnings when there is a state of dissatisfaction, disturbance and agitation in the world right now.
How can we even begin to imagine clean slates when there are issues of prejudiced attitudes and discriminatory behaviour that are still present and reflect hateful ways of thinking? How can we begin to imagine fresh starts, when we are in a pandemic that has triggered anxiety on a mass scale and completely changed people's way of life?
However, we have to talk about new beginnings at some point, if we want things to change for the better. New beginnings means changing our mindset; new beginnings means looking for another way; conversations surrounding new beginnings means that there is hope, and there is hope every time we start talking about how things in our world need to change.
Some of you took the time yesterday to share with me your thoughts and feelings about the blatant injustice, brutality and racism, specifically in America. When you open today's PDF, it may seem like a lot, but there are links to interviews, questions for you to ponder and facts for you to consider with regards to racism not just in America, but in the UK too. As ever, feel free to send me your thoughts.
Please do watch this week's powerful assembly below, and then I invite you to take up the challenge of being advocates of change. It is so clear that you are feeling so many different things, and we want you to have the space to always express your feelings, and do so with grace, intelligence and integrity. We will be compelled to act because of our compassion, ambition and respect.
Ms Filishia Senior
Watch Ms Iles-Smith's assembly on 'Justice, Equality and Peace'
On Sunday the 31st of May, Christians from all of the world celebrated the festival of Pentecost. Christians believe that after Jesus’ death and resurrection, his disciples were in hiding because they were scared. They were fearful because they thought that what happened to Jesus ( Death by crucifixion) would happen to them too.
Pentecost celebrates the gifting of the Holy Spirit, which Christians believe gave the disciples of Jesus a sudden burst of courage, strength and inspiration to fulfil the last commandment of Jesus, which was to go out and spread the ‘good news’ to the world.
You don’t have to be a Christian to see the value of this message or to be inspired. We have all witnessed an injustice, and feel emotions that we might not even be able to put into words, but we have to find the courage, strength and inspiration to condemn wrong actions and give light instead of darkness all over the world.
HAB@Home - our community newsletter
Download issue 7 of our HAB@Home newsletter. Submit your best work and photos from Wellbeing Wednesday to filishia.senior@Harrisbermondsey.org.uk - and we can include your work in the next HAB@Home newsletter.