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Quotes of the Week

26 November 2021


Anglicanism was never really about God

Headline on an article by Matthew Parris, Times columnist, 20 November


If Anglicanism isn’t about God it’s hardly worth bothering with

Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, Twitter, 20 November


Anglicanism was never meant for the doctrinaire

Matthew Parris, The Times, 20 November

The Church of England has a lot longer left to live if only it will keep faith with the existing flock, remember what it is about their churches that they love, and deepen, even stabilise Anglicanism’s hold of a gently dwindling market



What’s the most genuinely useful self-help advice you’ve come across?

The surprising answer is that as a child I went to quite a religious Church of England school and we had proper scripture lessons. As I’ve got older, I appreciate that there’s a richness there that can inform your life enormously. Treating people as you’d be treated, trying to love your neighbours, if not like them — those things are quite powerful if you let them be

Jack Dee, The Observer, 31 October


Daily work is a vocation from God. Yet the dog collar still takes precedence in many minds, and if not the dog collar, then the blue scarf. When the blue collar is on a par with each, we will finally have arrived

Simon Burton-Jones, Bishop of Tonbridge, Twitter, 13 November


I feel ashamed when I think of all your goodness

Dietrich Bonhoeffer writing to George Bell, quoted by Charles Moore, The Daily Telegraph, 18 November


It was a reminder of how important a cog music is in life. Don’t take it for granted. Tell our political leaders it’s not just entertainment. No just icing on the cake. It’s the cake itself. It’s human life

Stephen Hough, The Observer, 21 November


We have a lot of labourers in the Church of England. The trouble is that the labourers are in the barn arguing what colour to paint the combine harvester. Like two bald men fighting over a comb

Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, address to the General Synod, 16 November


Dear neo-Nazi trolls asking me to reread the Bible: It’s not an insult to ask me to read my favorite book. I read it every day. May the love of God be with you and shield everyone from racist rhetoric meant to divide, harm and abuse

Megan Rohrer, Bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Twitter, 21 November


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