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Some CHS children, the Dalai Lama, and the Archbishop

On 19 September Church of the Holy Spirit was invited to take a small group of young people to share their hopes and fears for our future with the Dalai Lama and Rowan Williams.  The day was part of a series of events launching a new charity called Inspire Dialogue which aims to encourage conversations between young people with radically different experiences of the world.  The Dalai Lama and Rowan Williams are firm friends and believe that they have learnt much from their very different outlooks on life by placing their friendship and continued conversation first.  

Ashia-Gabriel, Daniel, Raphael, Mary, Grace, Thomas and Jed represented us with a short, rhythmic, passionate piece about inclusion. Afterwards they sat with His Holiness and His Grace and talked to them about their experiences of working with difference and their views on whether the world has improved at listening to those on the margins.
 I was very proud of them.  We got into a bit of trouble for using live flame in our piece and ignoring health and safety – but we all agreed that the Holy Spirit is not very rule-abiding.

We met the Dalai Lama!

On Friday 18th September, six children from our church went to Newton Prep School to take part in a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama together with his friend Lord Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury whom we all know from the time when he stayed at the Vicarage.

We performed a short piece about how everyone should try to co-operate and not exclude anyone out of prejudice. The Dalai Lama asked what we felt this really meant, and I said that people are much stronger working as a team which gives everyone a fair chance.  
The Dalai Lama agreed. He said that when children can work nicely together, they are like a lovely garden full of different flowers. I was so happy because he is the beloved leader of my Mongolian family’s religion and for all of us it was a great honour for me to meet him and Archbishop Rowan at the same time. I will never forget it!!!

Mary Henderson