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Quotes of the week

09 February 2024


I’m talking to the one who made the universe and I didn’t even have to make an appointment!

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Q & A during prayer pilgrimage in Dudley, 3 February


I wonder if these people [asylum-seekers who convert to Christianity] are simply following the example of British citizens who go to church and claim to be Christians in order to get their children into church schools. When I was a local authority governor of a Church of England junior school in a leafy west London suburb, I noticed that parental church attendance declined soon after the school accepted their child

P. J. Murphy, letter, The Times, 7 February


The story of the remarkable buildings that faith threw up across the landscape need not be one of terminal decline . . . these historic places of communal worship can still find a social vocation in the 21st century

Editorial, The Guardian, 3 February


Much of how the Church presents an ideal — be it of family life or simply of Christian hospitality, is implicitly contingent on possessing a house of one’s own. Whether it’s bringing children into the world or simply having someone from church over for coffee, neither is easy in a world where the space doesn’t actually belong to you

Fergus Butler-Gallie, priest and writer, Credo, The Times, 3 February


Financially, the C of E is the least established church in Europe. Everywhere else the State takes much more responsibility for the upkeep of churches. These buildings are the jewel in the crown of our architectural heritage. They are everyone’s inheritance

John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, X/Twitter, 5 February


I don’t think I would describe myself as super-super-Christian. But I was definitely brought up going to church and I still go to church, but it’s not, like, a hot topic. I’m very happy to say that I’m Christian and I go to church

Carey Mulligan, actor, interview, The Times, 3 February


Beautiful alternative title of chaplain in Estonia as a “soul keeper”. Front-line ministry with stressed people in both public and private sectors is a place where God’s kingdom draws near

Simon Burton-Jones, X/Twitter, 2 February


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