Saturday, 14 February 2009

Many waters cannot quench love. Celebrate love and use Valentine's day to campaign for love and justice.

Today is Valentine's Day and amidst the pink and red Schmaltz there are some more serious reflections and also campaigns on this mid February fesitival of love.
Ekklesia is reporting on the Love Zim campaign:
Zimbabwean Christians will join human rights campaigners in a Valentine’s Day vigil outside Zimbabwe’s embassy in London.
Representatives of Christian organisations including the Council of Zimbabwean Christian Leaders in the UK, Tearfund and other Christian agencies working in Zimbabwe, will deliver a Valentine’s card to the embassy, launching the Love Zim campaign.
Meanwhile ENI has been reporting on how Valentine's day has become an issue in Sudan:
A Christian leader in Sudan has distanced himself from a call by some Muslims for young people to boycott Valentine's Day, who said the celebration could lead people astray.
"I don't think this will have any impact," the Rev. Tut Mai of the Presbyterian Church in Sudan told Ecumenical News International on 12 February. Still, he warned, "They may want to isolate those who go on to celebrate the day."
The Sudan Ulema Authority, a group of Muslim leaders group in Khartoum issued a statement on 10 February urging the country's lovers to boycott the day that celebrates romantic love on 14 February - once a Western occasion but that has spread to many parts of the world.

I can understand some of the concerns. When we first arrive in France over 15 years ago Valentine's Day didn't exist and it is a festival purely driven by commerce here.

Meanwhile Elisabeth Gray King has written a Face to Faith in today's Guardian affiring love and it's celebration, she ends her piece:
When we dare to affirm in the face of all cynicism that love does exist, we see the "I love you" in the unlikeliest of people, and discover new realities. No matter how hard the world is, the core underneath all the pap is the profound reality that love just carries on.

So happy Valentine's Day, don't get cynical about it all, show someone else that love can make the world go round.