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Talk from Community Act of Remembrance

Talk from Community Act of Remembrance

 Here is the talk from the Community Act of Remembrance given by our Community Minister, Liz Kam on 11th September 2018. 

“Do you know the old saying ‘It takes more than 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 to smile?’ I think it’s an old wives tale, and scientifically probably not at all correct, but I like the sentiment, because actually smiling at someone, especially someone who is different to you isn’t always that easy

So today as we gather here to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict and hate, in particular today, the trauma, brutality and unimaginable loss of the Great war…the war to end all wars…we have to admit together that, in reality, it didn’t end all wars and no war since ever has.

US pacifist AJ Muste said “There is a way to peace. Peace is the way” and I firmly believe that peace really can start with a smile. Think about smiling at someone you don’t know, someone who looks different from you, who talks different from you, who eats different, or dresses different. Who knows what might come from that smile?

After the arena bombing, Manchester stood together in the face of Hate and I think this was possible, because for years and years the people of Manchester had already been smiling at each other, they have been talking to each other across their differences, working together, eating together, laughing together and on that day they were able to cry together. The people of Manchester didn’t have to suddenly try to make peace, because they had already been working at keeping and growing peace.

And what about Levenshulme ? There’s so many examples I could pick on, but the one that springs instantly to mind is of how a young Gay man described, on the local community facebook page, his experience of a hate incident as he walked up the A6 through Levenshulme. And Levenshulme’s response? The wonderful Levy Pride. A fantastic example of more peace keepers at work.

What better way to honour each life lost in conflict and hate then by living a life of peace. When churches and mosques, and community centres and schools, and community organisations and neighbours start smiling at each other, talking together and working together, just as we are doing today, then we are making peace together; building a community of peace.

And it really does start with a smile – so go on get smiling.”

 

Inspire Is Recruiting!

Inspire Is Recruiting!

The Levenshulme Inspire Partnership is going from strength to strength. Since the Inspire Centre first opened in November 2010, it has become a vibrant hub for residents of Levenshulme and South Gorton and made a significant contribution to the growing sense of community confidence in the neighbourhood. From its renowned older people’s programme to the… Continue Reading

Economics Crash Course

Economics Crash Course

Economics Crash Course In June we run a free 7 week economics crash course at Inspire for ordinary people to get to grips with economics and to talk about issues that affect them. You can read the article from The Guardian about the Economics Course held at Inspire by clicking the picture below. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/20/ordinary-people-learn-economics-manchester-classes Following… Continue Reading

A poppy present to the community

A poppy present to the community

Anybody looking around the Inspire Centre in Levenshulme would struggle not to notice the beautiful paintings that have adorned our hallway since the building opened back in October 2010. The large, eye-catching canvases immediately grab passers-by with their bright colours and floral designs. But they don’t just invite us to look, their heavy textures also… Continue Reading

Inspired DIY Christmas Cafe Takeover!

Inspired DIY Christmas Cafe Takeover!

It’s been a very busy month for the Inspired People’s Project. On top of all our usual groups and activities, we’ve also organised 7 Christmas dinners for people over 50 – that’s 155 turkey dinners, 14 veggie strudels, 87 Christmas puddings and 83 trifles! Massive thanks to all our volunteers, staff and funders for helping… Continue Reading

An Inspired Seventh Birthday!

An Inspired Seventh Birthday!

So it’s happy seventh birthday to the Inspire Centre today. How time flies? Little did we think, as Sir Richard Leese cut the red ribbon, that our sparkling new building would become such a vibrant community hub bringing together local residents from such different backgrounds in a range of activities so wide that it would… Continue Reading

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