I believe that all of us should be able to find ways to contribute to the communities in which we live. I see this as both a responsibility and a privilege. This means that those who have more in the community can discover opportunities to share what they have with those who have less but it also means that the poor and the marginalised should be empowered to make their own valued contributions.
A better society is not just about one-way welfare transactions. It begins by acknowledging those in our community who the majority pass by without further thought. I was pleased to be able to contribute something to a series of articles in our local paper this week on this theme (Click here to see some of this). It can't just be the churches and other social services that bear the load of social responsibility - everyone has a potential part to play.