Celebrating the life of Jo Cox

Jo Cox, was the MP for the ethnically and religiously diverse constituency of Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire. She was murdered by a right-wing extremist on her way to a constituency surgery, a year ago last month.

In her maiden speech in the House of Commons a short time earlier, Jo had declared: ‘While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and again as I travel round the constituency, is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other, than anything that divides us.’

Believing that we could hear God say, ‘Amen to that!’ we responded to her husband, Brendan’s challenge and, on 16 June, held a ‘Great Get Together’ in Jo’s memory, for everyone in the village. We laid on sandwiches and cakes, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

About 50 people turned up, many of whom we knew but quite a few we didn’t. Everyone seemed to have a good time and was really appreciative. Thus, we celebrated belonging to the one human family of God and struck a blow, however small, against the forces in our society that try to alienate us from one another.