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Quotes of the week

10 November 2023


The people aren’t doing themselves any favours if they reschedule church festivals at will. I don’t think it’s good to celebrate Christmas at the beginning of November

Stefan Schwarzenberg, Protestant pastor in Germany, complaining about the early start of Christmas markets, The Times, 8 November


Having the gift of spending a portion of every day with those experiencing homelessness . . . I can tell you [Suella Braverman], I have never met anyone who has “chosen” this. Far from there being wraparound provision and assistance, we are struggling to find sticking plasters

Peter Dobson, Canon for Outreach and Discipleship, Newcastle Cathedral, X/Twitter, 4 November


I have yet to meet anyone who is homeless as a “lifestyle choice”. As the days get colder, to threaten to take tents away from the homeless and even prosecuting those that seek to help seems particularly inhumane

Krish Kandiah, director of the Sanctuary Foundation, X/Twitter, 4 November


I am never again prepared to be in a room where people think it’s OK to tell my friends — my friends in loving committed relationships — that they are sinners

Helen King, Sharedconversations blog, on what she told Archbishop Welby at a meeting with LGBTQIA+ groups, 4 November


It’s a total tragedy. . . We have lost a local leader of real courage and integrity and one who built strong bridges between communities

Philip North, Bishop of Blackburn, on the resignation of Afrasiab Anwar as leader of Burnley Borough Council over the Labour Party’s stance on Gaza, X/Twitter, 6 November


We don’t know when Jesus will return, says Arteta

Headline, The Times, referring to the injured Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus, 3 November


He’s not the only one

Graham Tomlin, former Bishop of Kensington, X/Twitter, 4 November


Lady after All Souls’ mass: “Thank you for reading my mother’s name out. But I’m having lunch with her tomorrow. Is there something I should know?”

St Paul’s, West Hackney, X/Twitter, 5 November


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