After a weeklong tour of the UK, during which he spoke to Pentecostal, Evangelical, and Anglo-Catholic gatherings, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby spoke about the diversity of the Church of England.
Archbishop Welby spoke at Hillsong, a Pentecostal Church, at the O2 Arena, in London; HTB Focus, a week away for members of Holy Trinity, Brompton, and its plants, in Lincolnshire; New Wine, a Charismatic Evangelical festival in Somerset ( News, 2 August); and the Youth Pilgrimage to the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Writing on his blog on Sunday, Archbishop Welby admitted that, during mass and Benediction at Walsingham, on Wednesday of last week, “My first thought was ‘What a contrast with the past few days.’ But my next thought was: ‘What’s the problem?'”
He continued: “In the Epistle to the Ephesians, we’re told that Christ broke down the barriers we put up as humans. People talk about ‘extremes’ in the Church, and certainly this week featured ‘both ends of the candle’. But those ends are held together by Jesus Christ. We show the power of his barrier-breaking by our love for Him, and our desire to make him known in deed and word. . .
“This week I’ve been encouraged and uplifted by all traditions. I’ve seen every sign of a hopeful, growing, active, serving, loving Church. . . When Christ is present, our differences break down.”