“I just knew that Jesus was there and I had met him” – interviewing Justin Welby

Jul 22, 2014 by

By Gillan Scott, God and Politics in the UK: Frequent contributor to this site, Canon J John has been producing a regular series of interviews entitled ‘Facing the Canon’, speaking to well known and influential Christians about their lives and work. These have included Andrew White (the vicar of Baghdad), Jackie Pullinger, Tony Campolo and Nicky Gumbel. Recently he spoke to The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. J John has kindly provided this blog with an abridged transcript of the...

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‘You’ve no future in the Church, Mr Welby’: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby ...

Jul 18, 2014 by

By John Preston, Mailonline: A quarter of a century ago, a young oil executive called Justin Welby had a meeting with the then Bishop of Kensington. Welby was interested in becoming a Church of England vicar and the Bishop agreed to see him to assess his suitability. The meeting did not go well. At the end of it the Bishop told him bluntly: ‘You have no future in the Church of England.’ None the less, Welby managed to get  a second interview — with the vicar of  St Mary Abbots in Kensington....

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Justin Welby talks to Newsnight in wake of historic Synod vote

Jul 15, 2014 by

Women Bishops have been approved in a meeting of the Church of England Synod. Archbishop Justin Welby gives his reaction on what this means as well the recent remarks from former Archbishop Carey on assisted dying.

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Welby: let’s not get ‘hysterical’ about Islamic radicalisation

Jul 14, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: People should stop being so “hysterical” about the threat from Islamic radicalisation in Britain, the Archbishop of Canterbury has insisted. The Most Rev Justin Welby, said there is a problem with young Muslim youths travelling to Syria and elsewhere to wage jihad but the numbers were “extraordinarily small”. He warned against allowing a “national culture of fear” to spring up because of the actions of a tiny minority of Muslims. His comments came during an...

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Justin Welby’s Leadership Manual

Jul 12, 2014 by

By Andrew Atherstone, Fulcrum: “The reality is that where you have a good vicar you will find growing churches.” It was an unguarded statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury last New Year’s Eve when discussing the state of the Church of England on Radio 4. Vicars from static or shrinking churches saw it as an insult to their own ministries, others complained that the Archbishop was obsessed with numerical growth, and he soon apologised at General Synod. But his natural assumptions had been...

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Why disagreement is not good

Jul 10, 2014 by

by Martin Davie: In the new edition of his biography of Archbishop Justin Welby, Andrew Atherstone draws the following contrast between the approaches of Archbishop Welby and his predecessor: Rowan Williams spent most of his archepiscopate seeking areas of core theological agreement around which Anglicans could coalesce, most notably in the failed Anglican Covenant. Welby’s project is different: not the pursuit of theological agreement but learning to live with theological disagreement. In...

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