The new Archbishop of Canterbury announced

Lambeth Palace, the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury pictured across the River Thames with the Shard, the tallest completed building in the European Union, pictured in the background.

Lambeth Palace, the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury.







The new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Revd Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, pictured outside Lambeth Palace, London, on Friday, 9 November, following the announcement that he had been appointed as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.

At the press conference announcing his nomination, The Right Reverend Justin Welby made an opening statement.  The extract below is of particular interest to church members:

“The work of the Church of England is not done primarily on television or at Lambeth, but in over 16,000 churches, where hundreds of thousands of people get on with the job they have always done of loving neighbour, loving each other and giving more than 22 million hours of voluntary service outside the church a month. They are the front line, and those who worship in them, lead them, minster in them are the unknown heroes of the church. I have never had demands on me as acute as when I was a parish priest.

“One of the greatest privileges of this role will be the inspiration of so many grass roots projects that I will see around the country. We have seen the wonderful hospitality and genius of the people in this country inside and outside the church during this marvellous year of Jubilee and Olympics.

The new Archbishop of Canterbury and his wife Caroline.

“Because of that vast company of serving Anglicans, together with those in other churches, I am utterly optimistic about the future of the church. We will certainly get things wrong, but the grace of God is far greater than our biggest failures. We will also certainly get much right and do so already.”


Pictures by kind permission of Peter Jennings

14th Nov 2012 Posted in: News by Stella Jennings 0

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