Sermon 23 September 2012
All Saints, Blackheath
Proper 20 - OT 25th Sunday - Year C
As part of their induction to a new school the Year 7s at Trinity, where I work, had to interview a number of teachers recently. Since I seemed to be on everyone’s list I had this encounter 120 times.
Me: “I don’t watch five programmes.”
“But we’ve got to fill in five spaces.”
Me: “Well, how about putting some of my programmes twice?”
Either, “But that’s not allowed,” or “Oh yes.”
Which tells me something about the child I am now getting to know.
- The Great British Bake Off
- Gardener’s World
- Doctor Who.
I’ll come to Dr Who a little later, but I think there is something essentially similar about the Great British Bake Off and Gardener’s World. Gardening and baking are primitive activities, they take us back to who we human beings are, they involve physical work and first hand contact - real touch and physicality with the raw materials of life. And they are both slow activities. Despite what the make-over programmes suggest you can’t create a great garden quickly; although you might be able to do horrific things with concrete slabs and winter pansies.
I’ve spent the last three days at a conference for headteachers and I can tell you that a good proportion of the conversations were really about who was the greatest. Who is head of the biggest school; the school with the best exam results; the most challenging circumstances; the worst buildings or the best buildings; the most children with English as an additional language or children receiving free school meals. The most children with special needs or the school that has raised most for charity.
Well, it was all done very subtly of course, but I expect whatever your job or role in life you could duplicate those conversations.