A message from Michael Jagessar
URC Global & Intercultural Ministries (Mission)
Given our ‘multi-cultural church, intercultural habit’ commitment, the United Reformed Church has an opportunity this year to celebrate the arrival of a generation who inspired a cultural change that has enriched our nation.
In June 2018 it will be the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Windrush with the over 300 people from across the Caribbean who helped rebuild the country after the Second World War. The Windrush Generation has had a profound impact on the evolving culture of our Church and Society, and we want to encourage the Church to take the opportunity to remember and celebrate the historic event.
As a contribution to the celebration we (GiM-URC) would like to produce a film: Longing to Belong, which will be accompanied by a discussion paper/bible study highlighting the challenges the Windrush Generation have had to overcome, and those they are still confronting today.
To produce the film, though, is costly and so we need to raise around £5,000 to make this a reality. So we are kindly asking all Synod RJ and Intercultural Coordinators to approach their Synod to consider making a contribution towards the amount. Synods are asked to give as they are able. It may be the case that a congregation or an individual in a Synod may wish to make a contribution. We would welcome that as well. We appreciate that funds are limited, but this is an opportunity to show our support and appreciation for this generation and its progeny who continue to be a growing inspiration to the Church.
The script for the film has been written by Richard Becher, who wrote ‘When Truth is Blind’ as part of the United Reformed Church @home in a strange place project. That film was the work of Kevin Snyman who is also collaborating with Richard on his second film. Kevin also worked on the Constance Coltman film last year and has been involved in many other productions in the past.
The script of Longing to Belong is currently going through numerous editing and consulting with relevant persons. It will be an excellent contribution to present and future generations. I am encouraging support of this project.
Already Global and Intercultural Ministries and the West Midlands Synod have given their commitment to contribute to the production of the film.
Your kind and generous consideration in progressing the appeal to and through your Synod would be greatly appreciated.
Please contact Enala Bhebhe if you would like to discuss this further. [email protected]