Differences should not get in the way of our community
THIS column will be published in between two events which make Frome the community it is, namely the Cheese Show and the carnival.
The word community means "with unity" and it of course has special resonance with Christians, for whom the word communion has a meaning of significance.
However, as most people know the communion which Christians around the world enjoy with each other is an imperfect one.
Splits and divisions have crept in right from the start of the church and although we seek it, we have yet to get perfect communion between denominations.
However, it doesn't stop us seeking it, the desire to have great unity is one which drives many Christians.
We of course have to recognise our differences and try and overcome obstacles which are in our way.
We don't always agree with each other's views and beliefs. Our traditions and what we hold dear may seem strange to one another but we try and live in harmony.
So it should be for our community. We don't always agree with those who live around us, we might find what they do strange and perhaps uncomfortable.
The important thing we must do is strive to live together in a peaceful way where we try and forge a community where differences are respected.
Frome is a wonderful place, the variety of ways of life here are reflected in the events of these weeks in September.
Let's all try and use this time to make a real sense of community alive once more.