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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, July 15, 2003
    Read the Archbishop
     
    Thanks Jonny for this link to Rowan Williams' speech to Synod yesterday [full text here]. I don't know how the mainstream media have reported it (can't face their "church as soap opera" spin); it's best read as a whole, slowly and thoughtfully, because in calling for us to "keep believing in God's church" Williams reminds us that it is "God's", not ours. He gracefully portrays a church which has much to celebrate, even now, and gives a special mention to some of the activity taking place at the fringes:
      "... more and more patterns of worship and shared life are appearing on the edge of our mainstream life that cry out for our support, understanding and nurture if they are not to get isolated and unaccountable...

      ... If we believe in God's Church, two things are more likely to happen. We shall find more courage to explore new styles of Church life and the patterns and protocols we need to keep communication going with and between them. And we shall be freer to communicate with each other."