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Hillsborough

eternal-flame-at-anfieldAt 3.06pm today, silence will be kept in the cities of Nottingham, Sheffield and Liverpool to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster where 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives for simply going to watch a football match. For a preview of the day  from the BBC news pages see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7999279.stm. On this morning’s Thought for the Day slot on BBC Radio 4, the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, spoke about the raw sense of loss and grief that is still very tangible in Liverpool as he prepares for this afternoon’s memorial service. A few years ago one of my favourite bands of the day wrote a song about the tragedy of Hillsborough and they were very clear about where the blame for this lay. The song was entitled South Yorkshire Mass Murderer and singled out the Senior Police officer running operations for that day, with lyrics including “There’s nothing I could ever say that could really take the pain away”.But today is not a day for blame but a day to remember and commemorate the lives of those lost. But that sense of raw grief and emptiness is what many people will feel today- players, supporters, survivors, relatives and friends of those who lost their lives. Sometimes as Christians we feel there is so little we can say or do in the face of what seems unjust, genuine tragedy- but when can pray. To see the names and faces of those lost in the disaster to help you  pray for them by name click here http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/drilldown/N163964090414-2356.htm

Today the great hymn abide with me will be sung at Anfield and our prayer today surely is that the 96 will indeed be abiding in and with God as they are remembered . their deaths changed the face of football and, like the eternal flame burning outside the stadium at Anfield, their memories will never fade.

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Rowan’s reminder

rowanThe Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams was interviewed on the BBC R4 Today programme this morning, explaining why world leaders attending the G20 summit in London this week should not forget their promises to the world’s poorest.  He called upon world leaders to think about  the most sensible way to run the economy and our enviornnment, believing that we have become short-sighted and greedy by  allowing  ourselves to be lured into tunnel vision about investment.  He shared his  anxiety of a culture where the expresison of  immediate emotion and instinct, and the increase in casual violence. He called on us to work at recovering  a sense of what it is to look at ourselves;,value courage and fidelity and rediscover what it is to be truly human. He was saddened by the corrosive cynisim that has permeated our society, and felt that there was too much blame being thrown around. When asked by the presenter if people still actually listened to The Archbishop, Rowan replied “Occasionally, but they don’t always agree with him.”

To hear the interview, click on the audio link listed by the feature, which was broadcast at 0732 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7973000/7973456.stm

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