The Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Message

Though the Archbishop of Canterbury has done some things differently than I might have hoped, I continue to be profoundly grateful for his leadership of the Anglican Communion. He is often an articulate and prophetic voice in a world that has little time either for reasoned statements or for prophetic calls. In this New Year’s message, he is at his best. Watch the video here or go read the full text.

Before you start in on Archbishop Rowan’s response to GLBT issues in the comments, please note that I agree this is something he has not done well. But this limitation should not prevent us from seeing his many gifts of thought and leadership. I think Jesus had some things to say about throwing the first stone and all that. More to the point, this message for the new year is spot on, don’t you think?

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3 Responses

  1. Peter Carey says:

    yes, I do! thanks for posting it!

  2. Ann says:

    It was not a bad decade for me. More good than bad stuff — not nearly as bad as the so called “good old days”

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I do wish he had highlighted the plight of women along with children who are both the targets (intended or unintended) and victims of the violence and suffering of poverty. It is too much to expect him to have underscored the violence to LGBT people, but he could have made even an oblique reference to it by placing emphasis on respecting the dignity of ‘all’ human beings. Bottom line: I’ll take what he’s given. Even a broken clock is right half the time.