Forward Magazine Issue 6
As you will see as you read on, ‘character’ is a recurring
theme of this edition. We hear much in the people-helping
professions about values – but values mean nothing unless they are embodied, worked out in lives on a day by day basis – and that is ‘character’. But we need to take that a step further. The default position of the Western mind-set is to think of character as something that is possessed solely by individuals – and to some extent that is true. However, character is also something that is manifest in Whānau, in communities, in organisations – in corporate expression.
You can apply that idea to your family or the groups of
which you are a part, but for me it begs the question, as a
learning community, what is BTI’s ‘character’? How are we
known by those around us? Are we defined by the most
saintly individual in the group or by the ‘lowest common
denominator’? Or is there an albeit less tangible sense that the character of the whole is different to the sum of the
I know that however positively I might perceive my individual character, I am far from perfect and still very much a work in progress. Fortunately I do not live or work in isolation, and we can be “gracious, secure and teachable” with and for each other.
So as you read on, do not read the articles simply as
individual contributions. Read them also as the product of a group of people who, together, long to see the Kingdom of God move forward.
Dr Andrew Smith
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