Six Word Saturday:
Women share their stories, inspiring others.
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Today I went to a women’s conference about Women who are Champions. There were three speakers, each woman sharing their truly inspirational stories.
Firstly, Doreen Lawrence OBE shared a little of her relatively well-known story of fighting for justice after the murder of her eldest son. Nineteen years ago Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a racist attack in south-east London, during the police investigation and trial the family were also victims of racism and were treated very poorly by the investigating police. Since then Doreen has campaigned to have the case re-opened and justice restored whilst being instrumental in institutional changes regarding racism in the police force and wider society. Doreen says you must climb a staircase one step at a time. I learned from her talk that we must never give up on things that we believe in and that one person can make a difference.
The second talk was from Margaret Addicott who described some of her experiences of how she became a missionary and her work serving in India. She spoke of praying for the opportunity to come along to begin with, about praying for certain outcomes with her work, and for praying to be able to continue her work past retirement age in order to complete a project she had begun. Her words reminded me of my favourite quote from my favourite book ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho “When you want something badly enough, then all the universe conspires to help you get it”. I believe this is true, whether you prefer to call it the work of the universe or aligning yourself with the will of God, we all should be following our passions for the greater good of the world.
The last talk was by my good friend Hannah Wallace who writes the Faith and Cheesecakes blog. Hannah talked about her own faith journey and about what she has learned from people of different faiths. She explained that it is important for people of different faiths to learn a little about other religions otherwise fear takes over, for example when you compare the best of one religion (eg Jesus) with the worst of another religion (eg suicide bombers). Some people at the conference seemed affronted by the concept of even having conversations with people of other faiths, perhaps worried that they might lose their own in the process. I agree with Hannah, that the world needs to find more ways of getting along with each other and different faiths working together is one way to do this, simply having a conversation is another.