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On Friday 17 May 135 attended this, the 8th Birmingham Prayer Breakfast in the Banqueting Suite of the Council House. Guests included politicians; business, Council and church leaders who enjoyed breakfast together and listened to the speaker Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG International who took as his theme ‘Courage’. Prayers were said for the city and its leaders. One of those there Jenny Shone writes:

 “Do we have the courage to stand up and be counted when it matters most even if to do so may put us in personal, monetary or ‘social’ danger?

 Are we too willing to fit in, not rock the boat, and keep the peace?

 These are challenging questions early on a Friday morning for Christ’s followers in the business community to cope with.

 Michael Hastings did not mince his words and was hard hitting in his drive to motivate us out of a comfortable environment in which we have perhaps become too complacent and lost sight of what really counts in our walk with God.

 It was difficult not to feel humbled by the stories recounted of courage, and of true selflessness shown by those young, enthusiastic and willing to serve even in the face of true personal cost. It seems difficult to see this in our own context which came out from the questions raised which touched on what this means for Christians in Church and business community in Birmingham.

 I think that Michael deliberately left us with more questions than answers but this truly was a talk which made us questions the very foundations of our faith or at least the way in which we live it out in our everyday lives.”