BREXIT: Now is the time to build bridges

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A letter from The Bishop of Newcastle.

The referendum vote on Thursday was a moment of great significance in our region, country and in Europe.

Whichever way the vote had gone, it always had the potential to be diverse as it was clear that there would be no overwhelming majority on one side of the debate or the other.

This means that nearly half the people who voted would be disappointed and very concerned about the future.

As members of the Body of Christ, we are to teach and live out the call to love our neighbour, to work for justice and peace, and to welcome the stranger.

Above all, we are called to live out the truth that in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the world to come breaks through into this world.

I have a deep hope and faith in the power of Christ to transform us and our world.

Whichever way we campaigned or voted, our call as Christians is now clear.

We are not to lose heart. We are to maintain hope and work for reconciliation not division in our country.

There is an urgent and profound need in our national life for us to preach and live the reality of the stature and dignity of every human being as a son or daughter of God.

The task is now for us to unite, to build a generous, outward- looking and welcoming country.

The call is to build bridges not divisions.

Sue Wiltshire,