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'We are fearfully and wonderfully made': Bishop launches social media identity campaign

Tue 17 Jul 2018
By Cara Bentley

A week-long social media campaign named #say1thing encourages people to tweet a compliment about someone which isn't based on looks.

The Rt Rev Rachel Treweek, the Bishop of Gloucester, has long been going into schools to tell young people that their identity is not found in how they look but in the value God places on them.

She started the #say1thing campaign on Tuesday and urged followers to tweet a picture of themselves and a friend and tell their followers one thing that makes that person valuable without mentioning their appearance.

Bishop Rachel tweeted about some of her friends:

She told Premier why she did it:

"As a Christian I absolutely believe that we're all made in the image of God," she said.

"We're each unique and God loves us and knows us by name and of course I want every young person to know that.

"But this is actually starting where they are, I think lots of time we think up ideas of how to engage with young people instead of saying 'what are the things that concern you?'

"And this whole area of body image and the stress that young people, particularly girls but boys as well, feel that they are made to feel that their worth comes through what they look like - I would say no, we are fearfully and wonderfully made as it says in Psalm 139."

Jessie Smart, author of 'More Than Just Pretty', works with teenage girls and told Premier: "We weren't born thinking that the world revolves around appearance but somehow we learned it from society at some point along the way...now is the time to unlearn it!

"I work with teenage girls on a regular basis...and I see how releasing and what freedom it brings to girls to actually realise that they are more than what they look like."

Listen to Bishop Rachel and Jessie Smart here:

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