Salt of the Earth in a Nutshell
There are many challenges that we face in this ecumenical journey of ours. But surely the greatest must be to explain in a few words what Salt of the Earth is, when over the last 5 years, we must have spent hours in meetings trying to wrestle with this very question. And yet I would argue that it is this enigmatic, elusive, paradoxical, fluid indefinability that makes Salt of the Earth the vibrant, responsive, dynamic creative partnership that it has become. So what is Salt of the Earth?
It is the twinkle in the eye of a Bishop
Who had the vision and imagination to see that those who are called “Salt of the Earth”
And those whose working lives quite literally depend upon the salt of the earth
Just might have something in common.
It is a network of people
Who recognise that the wellbeing of a community
Depends not only upon its spiritual life and identity
But on economic activity that is creative, sustainable and just.
It is coalition of those who believe
That if God in Christ is reconciling all things
This might even include the chemical plants and salt-mines of Cheshire
And those other industries that have grown from them.
It is a 24/7 community of disciples who believe that our faith can inform our work
And work can inform our faith
And that faith and work and people of good will
Can co-operate together in pursuit of God’s coming Kingdom
It is a group of fellow pilgrims who have increasingly become friends
Who are humble enough to be willing to learn from each other
Who are hopeful enough to follow an instinct to walk together,
even though we are not always sure why or where it will lead.
Who are optimistic enough to believe that God’s purposes will emerge,
even if at times they appear elusive.
Who are faithful enough to believe that when two or three
and often many more come together in the name of Christ,
in the workplaces of Cheshire, God becomes present.