Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury's address to the Primates gathering

11 Jan 2016   
by Justin Welby

[N.b. The text of this address first appeared on the website of the Nigerian newspaper, The Vanguard. Spokesmen for the archbishop did not respond to requests to confirm the authenticity of the document, but a spokesman for the meeting told AI:"As it's a private meeting we're not commenting on the Vanguard report."]

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

All Christians, but most especially Bishops, in the succession to the Apostles, are people who are sent. We are not our own masters, but we serve another, the Lord Jesus Christ.

We do not choose our actions, but we have a mission, the missio dei, to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, to make disciples, to know “nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified”.
We do not have our own resources, but we are filled by the Holy Spirit, as the qualification for our actions.

We are not principally impelled by duty, or reason, or power, but “the love of Christ urges us on”
There have always been tensions. The first Lambeth Conference, boycotted by the Archbishop of York and many English Bishops, was over a question of heresy. Divorce, contraception, the ordination of women, all caused deep fractures, and were seen as doctrinal, not only moral, issues.
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