Message from Rev. Langlands

28 Feb 18

That voice sounds familiar!

We can hear so many accents, dialects and languages around us these days, whether it’s on the radio, TV, on the phone, in our local shops, up and down the street listening to snatches of other people’s conversations as we pass by, or maybe when we go on holiday in the UK or abroad. Living in Coventry gives us the opportunity to hear many languages from around the world.

I’m sure you try to recognize where the person speaking might come from.  It’s probably one of the first things that cross my mind when I encounter someone.  Other than being able to judge them by how they look, a person’s voice shapes our opinion of them.

Hearing someone over the phone or on the radio for the first time can immediately conjure up a mental picture of that person.  It’s only when you meet them or get to know them better that your first impressions can be completely wrong.  Our association with an accent adds to our impression.  I was born and brought up in Glasgow in the late 1950s, and left home at 18 to work in London.  My accent isn’t as strong a Glaswegian one as you might expect, but when I say I am originally from Glasgow, people can be rather surprised that they can understand what I say!

A number of years ago, my wife, Frances, was involved in sorting out her late mother’s will with a solicitor in Chelmsford, Essex.  There had been numerous phone calls, and when they finally met, the solicitor immediately exclaimed, “I thought you were a blonde!”  My wife is dark haired – the solicitor obviously thought she had a blonde voice!  But she is an Essex girl!

It’s so easy to make false judgments and wrong assumptions about people because of their accents, dialect or language.  Prejudice means pre-judging others, and it has caused a great deal of the strife so widespread in our world today.

As a Church minister, and more importantly, a fellow human being, these words from the Bible about judging others have a great resonance about them:  

‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’ (Matthew 7:1- 3) 

John Langlands

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Rev. John Langlands will be starting his ministry in Ansley on 3rd June.   If you want to contact the church please do so via the web link or email. Alternatively please telephone one of the church wardens Margaret Antill 01827 874520 or Moreen Freestone 024 7638 1833  one of the deputies Diana Kealey 024 7639 5089 or Margaret Oliver 01455 822822 all will be happy to help in any way they can.