Not long ago a beautiful member of our Inner Circle from Peru organised members from her community to come here to share their Independence Day Celebrations with us. The people of Peru identify closely with the powerful role that community and compassion play in facing and overcoming adversity. The group arrived in a spirit of generosity and love, bringing clothes, music and fun. As the celebrations began, a feast was carefully laid out so that eating and dancing could commence. To speed things up one of our regulars jumped in and appointed himself supervisor of the barbecue. All present were soon caught up in the festive spirit. There is no better way to share culture and create an instant community than through food. The shortest distance between two people is a meal. Another one of our visitors leapt with delight, she is Peruvian and was so proud to share her culture and led some dancing as a band played, all in traditional dress. It was what I called a Wayside Mariachi band! What really captured all those present was the fact that there was never a sense that this group was coming to perform “for” them, but rather it was a celebration “with”. There’s a world of difference between these two words “for” and “with”. To understand the power of that difference is to understand Wayside in its foundations of creating a community where everyone is welcome.
Lastly, just a mention that present Steve Price from 2GB Radio will be broadcasting live from Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross this afternoon from 12 midday – 3pm. I’ll be interviewed as well as some others at Wayside, so tune in to listen live at https://www.2gb.com/listen-live/.
Thanks for being a part of this Inner Circle,