Just in time...all will be well with Welby
I, for one, am excited at the prospect of the appointment of Justin Welby.
I need to read around but know that he believes in the ordination and consecration of women. Giles Fraser got this out of him, which is perhaps a little obtuse:
On the subject of women bishops he speaks of the need to square the circle, reconciling those who think it a theological necessity and those who think it a theological impossibility. How do you do this? "Well, you just look at the circle and say it's a circle with sharp bits on it."
More concrete is the fact that in a diocesan pastoral letter he describes how he is "committed to and believes in the ordination of women as bishops".
He understands desires to retain a traditional definition on marriage.
He is from an evangelical, charismatic background, having worshipped at HTB - he will be sound and strong on biblical approaches to life and faith. John Bingham, the religious affairs correspondent for the Telegraph explains how:
"Theologically, he is unashamedly part of the evangelical strand of the Church, upholding a more traditional and conservative interpretation of the Bible than some."
He is very good news for the church.
He has real life experience from the world of business and a sound academic background.
He is even pretty new into ministry -being called in the eighties and he is an advocate of modern forms of worship.
He also has all that experience of a reconciliation ministry (from his days in Nigeria, particularly) that he is going to need in order to hold us all together. He has been the co-ordinator for international ministry at the International Centre for Reconciliation.
...and he tweets....
What more could we ask! :-D
Here is a godly man, in touch and engaged with the world as he finds it.
Here's what he said about one of his latest prayer initiatives in the North East:
Ordained Anglican. Thinking out loud about church.