Introduction

John Sentamu, Archbishop of York talks about the importance of Solidarity

Solidarity is an important concept for Christians. It is the idea that together we can make a difference. Solidarity is not just about unity of message or vision, it is about valuing our fellow human beings and respecting who they are as unique individuals.

It is also about standing up for what is right. Christians need to realise that their voice is important and relevant in society – when we have spoken out on issues such as Fairtrade or global poverty, we have delivered the change we seek because together we are much stronger than when we are apart.

Through Adam we inherited alienation and a lack of solidarity with God, with nature and with one another, but in Christ we discover a solidarity of reconciliation and new life.

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