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Quotes of the week

13 November 2020


God’s creation is a dazzling explosion of diversity which speaks of the unutterable beauty, unfathomable grand­eur, and infinite creativity of the Creator. And so when God made human beings, they too re­­flected this dazzling diversity

Living in Love and Faith report


God uses the words of the Bible as a school of righteousness, of justice, and of love. . . Our reading shapes our desires, our imaginations, our emotions, our habits, our ideas, our relationships, our institutions, the structures of our society, and our cultures. It shapes all the physical stuff of the lives we live . . . together in the world. All of life is caught up in the curricu­lum of this school



Our intimate relationships . . . can involve all kinds of compromise and sacrifice. They must always, how­ever, be mutual. They are relation­ships between creatures of equal value, equal in dignity before God



It is not possible to choose our sex­ual desires or arousal, but it is, of course, possible to choose how we act on them



We might at times need to learn how to break free from the stories that others have told about us or that we have learnt to tell about ourselves



Turning to science does not mean turning away from the God who speaks in the Bible or through the Christian tradition



“All you need is love” — these words represent a principle which it can be hard to hear without overtones of the 1960s, and a sense of “anything goes”



Our processes of listening and shared discernment are deeply af­­fected by questions of power, as we have often, sometimes painfully, known in producing this book. There are always questions to be faced about who is not in the room



We have caused, and continue to cause, hurt and unnecessary suffer­ing. For such acts, each of us, and the Church collectively, should be deeply ashamed and repentant. As arch­bishops, we are personally very sorry where we have contributed to this

Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell, foreword to Living in Love and Faith


Only in looking honestly at the fact that we have sisters and brothers in Christ who have vehemently op­­posed views to ours, can we come in humility before God and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit




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