Faith helps us to do our job

6th April 2001 at 01:00
Robert Morrell ("Faith comes first, lessons second", TES, March 23), equates a church's mission with promotion of belief and says this pushes "genuine education" into a "poor second" place.

This does not square with the feeling of calling that I and several Christian colleagues, working in both maintained (church and local-authority) and independent schools have in which we see servic as our mission.

We work in inner-city schools with communities of many faiths and none and do our best to provide "genuine education" as we see education as appropriate for God's children, whether they acknowledge Him or not.

We do it because we care for the healing of people and God's creation.

Stephen Pennells

23 Birch Hall Lane

Longsight, Manchester

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