By now the community is flooded with photos and videos of the smoldering shell of the majestic Aurora United Church.
The one I’ve selected to include here is part of a series of shots from a rephotography project I’m proudly working on with The Aurora Heritage Authority.
The building from the 1870’s has withstood so much, as I have learned by local historian David Heard on his walking tours.
The $1million question is how much of it remains that can be rebuilt.
The Toronto Star ran a piece on Saturday choosing to thread in the theme of resilience: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/04/12/aurora_united_congregation_carries_on_despite_historic_churchs_fiery_demise.html
It also spoke of unity, referencing how Aurora’s congregation united with one from neighboring Oak Ridges.
Coming together in a time of crisis is something that should be celebrated by its elected officials.
In Mayor Geoff Dawe’s blog post from yesterday after doing just that and pointing out how the fire brought out the best in people he then chose to write the following line:
(Unfortunately, it also brings out some of the basest of our community, but we know who they are.)
You can read his entire post here:
I have no idea who “they are” that the Mayor is referencing any more than who the “we” are that is in the know.
This event is an opportunity to come together as a community regardless of faith, class and political beliefs.
If the “basest of our community” is getting involved then as Mayor I expect you to welcome them, engage them and never lose sight of the cause.
As much as Aurora is a community of faith, its leaders need to show it can also be a community of inclusiveness.
There’s much we still have to learn from Aseop’s fable of The Four Oxen and the Lion.
A lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to wone another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling [sic] among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in the separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.
United we stand.