Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage
Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage

All three bishops in the Diocese of St Albans have responded to the nomination of the Rt Revd Justin Welby as 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.??Speaking shortly after the announcement, the Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, said:??”I am delighted to hear the news that Justin Welby has been nominated to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury. He is a man of prayer and deep faith who brings a breadth of experience to the role.”??”His work in the oil industry has given him insight into the business world and provided the raw material for his writing and speaking about corporate and financial ethics.”??”His five years of ministry in Coventry, followed by his time as Dean of Liverpool Cathedral have given him a profound understanding of the problems and opportunities of urban life in Britain today.”??”As the leader of the Anglican Communion, he will be able to draw on his overseas experience and knowledge of other world faiths.”??”In his present post as Bishop of Durham he has been grappling with issues of economic regeneration in the North East of England as well as helping the churches engage with their communities in relevant ways.”??”He will make a worthy successor to Archbishop Rowan Williams and I look forward to working with him.”??The Bishop of Hertford, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, added:??”This is an excellent appointment for the whole Church. Bishop Justin has a sharp and incisive mind together with a real understanding of the needs and hopes of today?s church. He knows what it?s like on the front line of the local church, and he recently tweeted ‘Keep meeting clergy who just go on doing the right thing in parishes, while under huge personal and work pressure. Thankful to God for them.’??”Let?s pray for him, just as we know he?ll be praying for us.???The Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson, said:??”I rejoice in the appointment of Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury. He is a man of prayer and vision, with great confidence in the contribution of the Christian Church to society here and abroad. I welcome especially his emphasis on this as a time of opportunity for the Church to serve the nation and to nurture the spiritual well-being of all.??”I, along with local church communities in Bedfordshire, will be praying for him and his family as he prepares to take up the post of Archbishop.”

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