Archbishop Calls for ‘spirit of openness’

Friday, January 11th, 2019

The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged the British people to overcome the “struggles and divisions of recent years” in his New Year’s sermon.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said the UK is wonderfully much more diverse than it used to be yet it disagrees on many things.

Justin Welby said, hope lies in people’s capacity to approach the new year in a spirit of openness towards each other – being committed to discovering more of what it means to be citizens together, even amid great challenges and changes.

He said, the UK needs to gather around common values, a common vision and a commitment to one another.

It comes after the archbishop used his Christmas Day sermon to highlight the importance of forgetting “tribalism” and “political advantage”.

Justin Welby made a number of political interventions during 2018, criticising issues like the gig economy and zero-hours contracts.

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