I got a gracious answer and was asked to be part of an initial discussion regarding the establishment of what was to be called 'The Strategic Framework'. Unfortunately, but predictably, the 'The Strategic Framework' was regarded with suspicion and was misunderstood which made it easy to shelve.The nearest, I think, TSA got to a beginning of a strategy for the inner city was lost.
The strength of the document was not given the recognition it deserved; one particular section written by a friend it captured something of what I was looking for as an Officer making sense of inner city ministry. Four areas of fragmentation were identified and explored, Bauman in essence, the right questions were asked which still seem appropriate now.
- Fragmented Lives
- Fragmented Families
- Fragmented Community and Society
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The polarisation of our society means that some people live in poverty and struggle to find the basic necessities. The pressure on some individuals means that they seek escape through routes such as alcohol, drugs and gambling that ultimately prove futile and can cause their lives to fragment. The secular assumptions that underpin many of our society’s institutions mean that many people find it difficult to locate support in their search for spiritual wholeness.
(Strategic Framework UKT (2002)
- How can we expand community services that support those living on a tight budget, for example, lunch clubs and charity shops?
- How can we tackle exclusion when we provide services for those at the margins of society for example services to substance abusers, the homeless and prisoners?
- How can we better support people seeking answers to spiritual questions?