These quotations are taken from a wide range of sources and are offered to members of the University of Bolton by the Chaplaincy as "A Thought for the Week" for reflection and response. The quotations do not represent the views or policy of either the Chaplaincy or The University of Bolton. 

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27 Apr 2015

The letter from the Church of England bishops concerning the forthcoming election emphasises the importance of the common good:

Unless a political vision emerges which reaffirms the bonds which tie us together as a nation, as localities, as communities and as neighbours, we shall be left with the spectacle of politicians claiming more and more powers and yet achieving less and less that is worthwhile.

“Who is my neighbour?” paragraph 57
(www.churchofengland.org/GeneralElection2015)

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20 Apr 2015

A quotation from a letter by Church of England bishops concerning the forthcoming General Election:

The purpose of education is not simply to prepare people to be economic units but to nurture their ability to flourish as themselves and to seek the flourishing of others.

“Who is my neighbour?” para85
(www.churchofengland.org/GeneralElection2015)

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23 Mar 2015

Last week’s "Thought for the Week" drew a response on the Blog quoting Rachel Carson, a marine biologist, who advanced the environmental movement with her book “Silent Spring” in 1962 (read it at: http://boltonuniversitychaplain.blogspot.co.uk). Here is an earlier quotation by Rachel Carson:

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. Wonder and humility are wholesome emotions, and they do not exist side by side with a lust for destruction.”

Rachel Carson
(1907-1964; John Burroughs Medal acceptance speech, 1952)

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16 Mar 2015

A quotation continuing on the theme of environmental diversity (but this quotation could apply to our relationships with others as well as the environment):

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Dame Jane Goodall
(b. 1934; English primatologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace)

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9 Mar 2015

Moving on from the last few quotations about diversity among humans, here is a quotation – and a challenge – about environmental diversity:

We do justice to what we are as human beings when we seek to do justice to the diversity of life around us; we become what we are supposed to be when we assume our responsibility for life continuing on earth. And that call to do justice brings with it the call to re-examine what we mean by growth and wealth.

Rowan Williams
(Anglican bishop, theologian and poet; Lecture given on 13/10/2009)

You can find the full lecture given to 'Operation Noah' at http://operationnoah.org/resources/operation-noah-annual-lecture-2009-rowan-williams/

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2 Mar 2015

Another quotation on the theme of ‘Diversity’:

Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.

Ola Joseph
(Nigerian-born speaker, author & trainer)

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