Introducing our new interim Director!
A warm welcome to a new face for the next chapter
Hello to those who I haven’t yet met, emailed or tweeted! I’m Tarn (Tania Bright) and I have the distinct pleasure alongside my colleagues, of serving the 400 Parishes in the Diocese of London through Capital Mass.What a warm welcome I’ve received in picking up the reigns from the previous CEO, Andy Burns.
It’s been a fascinating first month. Much has been learnt, with much still to absorb – but the ‘picture’ of social action across the diocese that’s forming is stunning. Like a mosaic, it’s made up of many pieces, small-medium-large, and each are vital making the picture vibrant and diverse.
I’ve been a social action activist really since I came to faith in my mid twenties and have been trying, stumbling and failing forward ever since with the ‘shout out’ in Micah 6:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you Except to be just, and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion), And to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]?”
To be just, to love and to diligently practice kindness and compassion …… this is a lifelong journey. And I’ve learnt it’s not a destination. We don’t arrive having ticked all the boxes but rather it’s about making daily and intentional choices to engage with others in a way that shows them a peak of Kingdom goodness. It may be in the form of a well-run café with funded programmes for those excluded in the community, or it could be sitting with a small group of elderly people taking the time to hear their stories and deeply listen. Social action is as much about our heart toward others as well as the activity.
“The ‘picture’ of social action across the diocese that’s forming is stunning. Like a mosaic, it’s made up of many pieces, small-medium-large, and each are vital making the picture vibrant and diverse.”_
And I’m really excited that I get to do this journey with you. As a Vicar in Bow said to me recently, “I see CapitalMass as ‘bellows’ that both ignite social action, but also blow air onto that which is already happening”. It was a beautiful image. If you want to begin a journey of engagement in your Parish, may we come alongside? If you’re a veteran activist serving your community, can we learn from you and pass onto others how you do it? If you’re somewhere in the middle – I’ll bring the bellows along!
Practically, Capital Mass can serve you in the following ways:-
- Come alongside and help assess how you might kick start something new
- Help measure the impact your social is having using some useful tools
- Connect you to others in ministry doing similar stuff and share best practice
- Signpost you to local and national partnerships and agencies who can support your work
- Devise campaigns, events and themes during the year (2020 onwards) that we can collectively come together on
- Showcase what you’re doing to the rest of the Diocese and beyond
- Highlight possible funding streams to resource your work
- Train your teams and volunteers in key areas using experts in the field
- Translate governmental policies into useful, on-the-ground information
- Offer ideas on engagement, particularly on topics that are urgent and ‘looming large’ in the public conscience, such as Knife Crime etc
So, with no further ado, we’re here to serve you. We look forward to journeying together.