The Rector writes: In newspapers and on TV and Radio, the year as always ends with a look back on events of the previous twelve months. As we look forward to 2015, we shall do so as always with a degree of trepidation at what awaits in the world.
There are a number of important anniversaries this coming year, which I have no doubt we shall hear a great deal about; 800 years since Magna Carta, 200 years since Waterloo, 150 years since the end of the American Civil War and 70 years since VE day and since the atomic bombs fell on Japan. Every one of these anniversaries demands that we reflect and learn, just as the Centenary of the start of the First World War has made us all do.
There is little point simply looking back on the year past and on important anniversary dates unless we ponder hard on what these events have said about society and nationhood, about politics and about our place in the world, about progress and about what we have done to our planet as a species.
This year will see what is likely to be a fascinating General Election for us in the UK. It will shape the future for our country and say a lot about what how we identify ourselves as a nation and about our place in the world.
Sometimes we watch the state of the world with helplessness and sometimes with despair. As we go to the ballot box in May this year, we shall have an opportunity to make a difference. I hope and pray that as Christians we will challenge our would-be leaders and be challenged as human beings to make our country a better, more peaceful, more equal, more caring, more generous, more open and tolerant place and by doing, set an example for how we would see our world in 2015. We can make a difference. May this New Year be a special time for you all.