Be the light in the darkness – Holocaust Memorial Day

Wednesday 27th January 2021

Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking Holocaust Memorial Day.

This year’s theme asks us to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.

Increasing levels of denial, division and misinformation in today’s world mean we must remain vigilant against hatred and identity-based hostility. Rapid technological developments, a turbulent political climate, and world events beyond our control can leave us feeling helpless and insignificant.

The utterly unprecedented times through which we are living currently are showing the very best of which humanity is capable but also – in some of the abuse and conspiracy theories being spread on social media – the much darker side of our world as well.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters.  We can all stand in solidarity. We can choose to be the light in the darkness in a variety of ways and places – at home, in public, and online. Not only that, but our lights are more powerful when we work together with others.

Holocaust Memorial Day enables us to remember – for a purpose.

It gives us a responsibility to work for a safer, better, future for everyone. Everyone can step up and use their talents to tackle prejudice, discrimination and intolerance wherever we encounter them.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester together with the ten councils of Greater Manchester has invited people in our diocese to join them online, streamed from the Mayor’s Facebook page, for the Greater Manchester Holocaust Memorial Day Service on January 27, 2021 10am to 11:15am.

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