In her 2002 Christmas message, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, spoke of her sense of sharing a common heritage 'enriched by the cultural, ethnic and religious diversity of our 21 century society'.
Diversity is something to be celebrated. Each individual is unique. Each has it in her or him to contribute to the richness of humankind.
There are differences not just of culture or colour, but of age, of talents and aptitudes, of strengths and weaknesses.
We tend only to celebrate those who are like ourselves - who are of a similar age, have similar interests, share the same aptitudes. But life is so much richer when we embrace those that are different.
Just as every person is worthy of respect, so every difference is worthy of celebration.
In these pages we invite you to celebrate the difference whatever it may be.
Suggestion for collective worship
One world: A litany of celebration
Some words for meditation
Hymn: A community for all
A prayer of thanks for our uniqueness
A prayer for unity within difference
The Right Way - a poem by Bronwen Taylor
My Church is the World
It's no fun being shunned
The song of the shunned
A celebration of immigrants
Respecting those with disabilities
A celebration of those with Down's syndrome
Loving your neighbour:the Good Samaritan
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