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St Paul’s And Ho;y Cross

1st of July 2013

There is a suggestion first explored by Frigyes Karinthy, a Hungarian author writing in 1929, that technological advances in communications and travel would enable friendship networks to be larger than ever before and span greater distances.
He suggested that despite the physical distances between all of us who share this amazing planet (my words not his) the growing density of human networks made the actual social distances between us far smaller

Since being offered the post of Rector of Sarratt and Chipperfield I have been struck by the number of people I know personally, or have recently met, who have a connection to these two villages.

However, the most striking connection is that two of our closest friends currently on holiday in France were fellow guests at a lunch party, with an ex- parishioner, whose family members are buried in Sarratt Churchyard. He already knew all about Bob, Geraldine and me coming to live in Chipperfield, and the preparations that had been made by both parishes for our arrival.

Some may consider this inconsequential but I find such occurrences deeply significant because they are a reminder of the extensive nature of our common shared life and therefore the gift of friendship we have with one another, even those we perceive to be strangers.

It is a great privilege for us to be here sojourning amongst you, a newcomer and stranger yet with the potential to have friends rooted in these communities. A delight.

Thank you for your generosity and warm welcome.
Shalom, Michele du Saire

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