Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon

Staff_team_2015 Posted by Roger Cooke on Thu, 04 Jan 2018 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Connection, Unity, Growth

Have you ever played the game ‘Six degrees of Kevin Bacon’? If not, I’d recommend it for the sort of cold, rainy days that characterise this time of year in Ireland. Essentially, the aim is to link any actor or actress to the eponymous film star through no more than six connections, where two actors are connected if they have appeared in a movie together.

The game is derived from an altogether more valuable notion, called ‘Six Degrees of Separation’, which was set out by Frigyes Karinthy in 1929. He suggested that all living things and everything else in the world is six or fewer steps away from each other – an idea that would be made famous by a play and a film, as well as lending itself to variations of the Kevin Bacon game. It’s all about the interconnectedness of everything.

Interaction, interconnection and interdependence are all concepts that come to mind when thinking about the familiar biblical image of the Body of Christ. God’s people and their different skills and gifts need to work together, with every part being vital to the healthy working of the whole body. There’s no room for independence.

As has been highlighted regularly in these pages and at CMSI events, the Body of Christ metaphor is not just applicable at the local church level – it has a global significance. We belong to a worldwide Church, a community of believers connected together through mutual bonds of love and care. And there are no degrees of separation in this community – despite differences in geography, language and culture, we are united by our belonging to the one, true God. We are family. We need each another.

That’s why ‘partnership’ matters so much to CMSI. That’s why we want to help the Church in Ireland to maintain the double-vision of ‘global’ and ‘local’. That’s why we like to champion the work of our Global Partners and why we seek to encourage meaningful relationships with them.

We want to embrace the diversity of our global family and to encourage our partners to impact parish life in Ireland. We want to ensure that we’re prioritising our partners’ priorities and seeing them support one another. We want to tell stories of connection, unity and growth, where there’s no separation – and there’s certainly no Kevin Bacon!

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