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Quotes of the week

18 November 2022


10am: I really should go to church. 11:20am. Baby starts crying in church. Congregant (in half-joking voice) Aww, are you not being a good mother? Once again, if I wasn’t already strongly committed to this whole Jesus thing, I would quite literally never come ever again.

Sorrel Shamel-Wood, Twitter, 13 November


30 years on I am grateful for all those priests who happen to be female

Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, Twitter, 11 November


I think if our sisters from 30 years ago had been able to see how women are still held back and discriminated against in the church, there would have been great disappointment – and a recognition that there is still much to be done today

Martine Oborne, The Guardian, 11 November


I have no doubt that Jesus would find a way of pulling the carpet under the feet of those who are still wanting to engage in the exploration of fossil fuels

Luke Pato, former Bishop of Namibia, BBC interview, 10 November


I predict revival. [Churches] could be filled instead of emptied. But it depends on how they’re used. We have to hope that people will live their faith, rather than just preach it. We have to preach it. If you’re a preacher, preach it. But if you can’t live it, stop

Bono, singer of U2, interview, Christianity Today, 4 November


For my part, and that of my colleagues in the Lords, our interest is less in “clinging to the privilege and power of the past” than speaking truth to power in the present —and serving those most in need

Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, letter, Prospect, 3 November


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