SynchroBlog time has come round again, this time reflecting on The People We Consider "Untouchable".
It’s been a crazy busy week without much proper thinking time. So I was going to skip this SynchroBlog because I wasn’t sure what to say. I try to root my posts in something of our reality here and, being brutally honest, I wasn’t sure that any of the young people we meet would be considered as "untouchable". Then I started to think about the week we’ve just had, and the dozens of young people we’ve met in one school. I suppose some people might think some of these young people untouchable, especially when they bump into (or avoid) them on the streets.
Perhaps this is one of the virtues of schools work – you get to interact with young people who, out of school, might be considered untouchable but in school are accessible and with whom it’s possible to begin to share life and hope. We see this in our own ministry and in the amazing work of some very able and caring teachers. This is no substitute for real, voluntary long term involvement with young people out of school, but I do wonder whether some of these troubled young people might be inaccessible to any other forms of youth outreach other than through what is possible in school.
Which reminds me of a couple of 14 year olds we’ve met with this week in the course of doing some lessons on what makes people valuable and how God sees them. One came from an unspeakable home background – we wondered whether school was really a sanctuary. And one turned up for the first RE lesson in two terms, and got really involved. (I think the fact that it was our lesson may have been just a random chance!) These young people
I think we’re probably meeting those who others would consider "untouchable" but who are cunningly disguised as quiet students or disruptive students. They need so much more than we are able to offer in our short conversations with them, but we seem to be touching their lives a little. I hope so. They are certainly touching ours.
Other SynchroBloggers on The People We Consider "Untouchable":
Mike Bursell muses about Untouchables
David Fisher on Touching the Pharisees – My Untouchable People Group
Adam Gonnerman with Quickened Pen
Michael Bennet writes Nothing more than the crust life
Jeremiah at Models of church leadership and decision-making as they apply to outreach
John Smulo talks about Christian Untouchables
Sally Coleman shares on The Untouchables
Sam Norton talks about Untouchables
Steve Hayes on Dalits and Hindutva
Sonja Andrews visits the subject here
Fernando A. Gros speaks up on Untouchability And Glocalisation
Phil Wyman throws out the Loose Lips – A “SinkroBlog”
Josh Rivera does his stuff with the Untouchables