Reading through Mum and Dad's Daily Telegraph magazine - I came across an article on Tower 'heroin captial of the UK' Hamlets.
Usual predictable stuff - drugs, violence, deprivation and brokenness. Apart from making me feel that we only scratch the surface as a church - this picture of broken housing in the shadow of Canary Wharf's wealth caught my eye.
I didn't want to lose it as I see this run down housing every day. This is our patch - where we are called to be church.
What has shocked me is that when we first turned up in Poplar - 8 years ago - this kind of stuff shocked me, affected me - not now. Is it indifference? an immunity? my way of dealing with it? I think that it is alright as long as apathy doesn't set in.
There is no room for apathy in the inner city - or anywhere for that matter!