Church leaders call for urgent debate on terrorism, Grenfell fire and election

Jun 23, 2017 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian:

The leaders of the Church of England have called for an urgent debate on the state of the country after recent terror attacks, the Grenfell Tower fire and the inconclusive general election outcome, saying this is a “critical time in the nation’s history”.

The archbishops of Canterbury and York have taken the unusual step of exercising their powers to insist on the debate at next month’s Synod, a four-day meeting of the church’s ruling body in York.

The C of E is providing a “still small voice of calm” in the turmoil that has beset the country over the past month, says the motion from the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the archbishop of York, John Sentamu.

It adds: “The recent general election has left many questions unanswered about the shape and priorities of our government at a critical time in the nation’s history.”

The archbishops call for prayers “for all those elected to parliament that they will prioritise the common good of all people in everything they do, especially in negotiations between parties to secure support for a legislative programme”.

Their motion asks “Christians everywhere to put pressure on politicians of all parties to put the cohesion of the nation and its communities at the heart of their programmes”.

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See here for full list of Synod papers and the timetable.


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