Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Archbishop of Canterbury's presidential address

Archbishop Justin Welby gave the presidential address to the General Synod this afternoon.

Read the full text of the address here.

In his presidential address to Synod today, Archbishop Justin spoke about evangelism and witness, one of the three priority areas of his ministry.

Posted by Peter Owen on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 at 3:35pm GMT | TrackBack
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Five days later and still no comment! Not only here; but also on Radio 4's Sunday programme. In fact, as far as the wider world is concerned, General Synod never happened. But why should the world take notice of an event where most of the energy was directed inwards with an emphasis on the survival of the institution? The Archbishop's presidential address was symptomatic of this. It came across as stale and lacking in originality; delivered by a man who seemed distracted and at odds with his audience (the misfired joke at the beginning was cringe-inducing). May be he realises that he is not brining the Synod with him? It certainly bears out Robert Runcie's observation that 'all the noise is coming from the shallow end.'

Posted by: Simon R on Sunday, 15 February 2015 at 12:25pm GMT

Even more of a concern is the lack of Comments on the Shared Conversations entries. The attitude towards these seems to be a reflection of Catherine Tate's school girl character whose oft spoken mantra was "Am I Bovvered?"

Posted by: Father David on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 at 11:44am GMT
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