The Salt of the Earth Network

In 2007, the newly installed Bishop of Birkenhead (Keith Sinclair) began a series of conversations with people who were or had been working in industries which are dependent upon salt and those living within the communities in which those industries existed. He was concerned to hear that the industries and their communities had become disconnected and so he set about trying to heal the rift: the Salt of the Earth Network is part of this response. Our focus has been to bring people together to explore the issues and see where that dialogue leads.

Our Vision

The Salt of the Earth Network will become an extended, disparate and self sustaining community, with salt as its common motif, that cooperates on a number of levels to discuss, deepen understanding and tackle real issues across a wide spectrum for the good of all.

There are no predetermined blue prints or agendas for our work. We will go where our discussions take us.

Our Community

The structure of a Community is far more amorphous than salt. The bonds between individuals and neighbours are weaker but one could argue that it’s strength is in it’s weakness.

In order to generate strength and bonding we must do work – expend our own energy – and that in itself will help to bring us closer together.

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.