The cricket games between the St Peter’s Vatican team and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s eleven, have now broadened their scope recently, to include a triangular match played at Birmingham last week between the Roman Catholic and Anglican teams with the Mount Cricket Club, a local Muslim team. It was a great opportunity to show that people of different denominations as well as faiths can enjoy each other’s company and share in a friendly game which pits each against the other in a sportsman like manner, while seeking to bring out the best in themselves and each other. Each one is governed by rules of fair play while giving their best efforts to make a winning contribtuon.
Crucially and most important of all we used the opportunity to share each other’s best, as faith communities, the night before by getting to know each other as people, share each other’s most positive contributions to our communities, and to seek reconciliation across the complex issues of race and creed in Britain today. The evening was characterised by good will, enlightening conversation and a desire to seek the common good. Pictured below are: from left to right, Father Tony Currer captain of the St Peter’s team, Sam Rylands from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s eleven, myself as chair, Amam Ibrahim Mogra, Andrew Smith (our interfaith advisor) and Mogra Ravat of the Mount Cricket Club.
We tackled the question together: What happens when members of a community fundamentally disagree on issues of faith, lifestyle, politics or morality, can we really work for the Common Good then or is it just idealistic? The answer of the evening was: we are able to rise to this challenge because of so many good examples already, and of the hope that is in us from our faith communities. This is a message that the world needs to receive and to share.
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