Friday, January 01, 2010

The Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message



In his BBC New Year Message the Archbishop of Canterbury sets out that in this global society we now inhabit "risk and suffering are everybody's problem, the needs of our neighbours are the needs of the whole human family."

As we enter a new decade, the Archbishop reflects on The Millennium Development Goals, eight key objectives about tackling poverty and disease, agreed by over 200 nations and international bodies, which "summed up for a lot of us the hopes we had for a new look at our world."

Dr Williams recognises that it has been a "terrible and gruelling ten years in all kinds of ways, with terrorism and war and natural disaster and the financial collapse of the last fifteen months. But the Archbishop says "before we shrug our shoulders and lower our expectations, let's not lose sight of one enormous lesson we can learn from the last decade.

"The truth is that there are fewer and fewer problems in our world that are just local. Suffering and risk spread across boundaries, even that biggest of all boundaries between the rich and the poor. Crises don't stop at national frontiers. It's one thing that terrorism and environmental challenge and epidemic disease have taught us."

He asks us to recognise how our actions can make a difference:

"We're still falling short in the delivery of the Millennium Development Goals, but that doesn't mean we can forget them or water them down. We've seen some signs of change; we can make more, by supporting efforts to help children out of poverty across the world – and locally as well – by campaigns to protect our environment, by keeping up pressure on our governments."

"We share the risks. The big question is, can we share the hopes and create the possibilities? Because it's when we do share the hopes that we really see what it is to belong together as human beings, discovering our own humanity as we honour the human dignity of others."

The Archbishop urges us try to respond to problems that are geographically remote as we would to those of our immediate family:

"Above all, it's about not losing our hope for change and our love and respect for the dignity of everyone. In a world where risk and suffering are everybody's problem, the needs of our neighbours are the needs of the whole human family. Let's respond just as we do when our immediate family is in need or trouble. We may be amazed by the difference we can make."

The full transcript of the video is below:

Remember New Year's Eve ten years ago? All our family piled out of doors to watch the fireworks all around the horizon.

And the start of the new millennium was a moment for fireworks, a moment of real excitement. At one level it may just have been a flipping over of the calendar, just a date in the book. But for so many people it represented something we all dream about – a change in the sort of world we live in, a change that could bring us that bit closer to a world where cruelty, suffering and unfairness get dealt with properly.

That's why the 'Millennium Development Goals' summed up for a lot of us the hopes we had for a new look at our world – goals agreed by over 200 nations and international bodies with eight key objectives about tackling poverty and disease and building a fairer and safer world.

Yes, we could say, it is possible to think of a world where child poverty has been abolished; yes, it is possible to get rid of diseases like malaria and to guarantee proper access to medication for everyone who lives with HIV; yes, we can do something about education for the poorest. We can after all believe that there is hope for those in our world who have least power and influence and security.

And it's true that it has been a terrible and gruelling ten years in all kinds of ways, with terrorism and war and natural disaster and the financial collapse of the last fifteen months. Plenty there to distract us, you might well think.

But before we do shrug our shoulders and lower our expectations, let's not lose sight of one enormous lesson we can learn from the last decade. The truth is that there are fewer and fewer problems in our world that are just local. Suffering and risk spread across boundaries, even that biggest of all boundaries between the rich and the poor. Crises don't stop at national frontiers. It's one thing that terrorism and environmental challenge and epidemic disease have taught us.

We share the risks. The big question is, can we share the hopes and create the possibilities? Because it's when we do share the hopes that we really see what it is to belong together as human beings, discovering our own humanity as we honour the human dignity of others.

If we look back, quite a bit has been achieved. There is hope but so much remains to be done: each year, nine million children still die before reaching their fifth birthday – from avoidable disease, from violence and undernourishment.

Ten years ago, we had a chance to remember what we wanted for ourselves and others in our world; a chance to remind ourselves what it means to see men and women as made in the image of God, a God who loves each of us beyond imagining and who stepped into our world 2,000 years ago to transform it.

We're still falling short in the delivery of the Millennium Development Goals, but that doesn't mean we can forget them or water them down. We've seen some signs of change; we can make more, by supporting efforts to help children out of poverty across the world – and locally as well – by campaigns to protect our environment, by keeping up pressure on our governments.

Above all, it's about not losing our hope for change and our love and respect for the dignity of everyone. In a world where risk and suffering are everybody's problem, the needs of our neighbours are the needs of the whole human family. Let's respond just as we do when our immediate family is in need or trouble. We may be amazed by the difference we can make.

God help you make a difference; and God bless you all and those you love in this coming year.

(Cranmer has purposely refrained from commenting upon his successor's message: he leaves it to his intelligent and discerning readers and communicants to make up their own minds).

29 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear, oh dear! The ramblings of a social worker. Where is God in this (He gets a passing mention) where is Christianity in this (it is there by implication - just).

Above all, the ABC is supposed to be an Anglican, what's that then?

1 January 2010 at 14:31  
Blogger DDIM 'n HOFFI said...

I personally like him. This is what I would expect him to say in his capacity as ABC. It is a forward-looking message of Christian hope.

Now for the negative comments. I have a duty to 'put on the pressure', so here goes. I turned on the BBC news this morning and all I had during the course of my breakfast was a severely depressing reminder of the Beslan disaster. First thing on new year's day? It seemed to me like the message was a distraction from our own misery, as if to say look at these poor souls, and gosh how lucky we are! It was a good reminder of the horrors which took place there, but first thing on new years day???? Lucky for me I have a fresh new outlook and refuse to allow this BBC to infiltrate my own outlook.

Happy New Year to everyone, and God bless us all as we move into this fresh new year.

While the ABC is correct to highlight the common brotherhood of man, I am a lesser soul of a more selfish nature and I am gearing up for battle in the coming months. Before I start to clean up the world, there is the problem of sweeping shite off my own floor to deal with first.

1 January 2010 at 15:18  
Anonymous len said...

I lost interest half way through reading the message from the ABC .
We all know what an awful mess the world is in.( I don`t have a clue what Millennium goals are.)

What the Church of Jesus Christ should be doing is preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ without reservation.Jesus Christ is Gods solution( Gods only solution) to all the ills of our fallen world.

"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."--John 3:14, 15.

1 January 2010 at 15:23  
Blogger Demetrius said...

Alas, it is not going to get any better, and we have mortgaged our ability to make much if any difference.

1 January 2010 at 15:33  
Blogger DDIM 'n HOFFI said...

Len

you are sitting down (I presume) typing your comment on a PC or similar, which tells me that you must be aware of how far things have moved on from wandering the wilderness, eating locusts and honey and gathering crowds upon hill tops, then baptising multitudes in streams.

The world is now a place of diverse platforms. The modern disciple needs to find a platform that will address the common man. Once you find a platform like this, you then have to decide how you are going to distract people from their carnal pleasure and sinful ways, which will require at least one or two compromises in order to attract attention. A good starting point will be to eat and dress in a semi familiar fashion to the modern man so as to avoid looking and acting like something that would be immediately classified as a freak of sorts. Take up fishing and learn the art of lures, and become a 'fisher of men'! The deception will be against Satan.

1 January 2010 at 15:43  
Blogger Tim V-B said...

Err, someone's missing. Give you a clue: his name starts with a 'J'.

1 January 2010 at 15:48  
Anonymous IanCad said...

Happy New Year to all.
ABC's role is that of a referee. Any connection with the spreading of the gospel seems to be of secondary importance.
Len; here are the Millennium Development Goals---
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
As far as I know, these aims have been part of the UN platform since its creation. It is a tool to extract huge sums of money from the the productive members of society and to squander it on the numerous NGO's that surround the trough.

1 January 2010 at 15:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a few moments I thought it was starting wih an advert for cheap table sherry!

1 January 2010 at 16:10  
Anonymous I hate Gordon Brown said...

It is a good 'general' message, but we, the ordinary man in this country are in no real position to do very much at all. We are being taken for fools all the time by the government and the BBC. Today Gordon Brown is calling for a summit in order to address the radicalisation of the Yemen. The Yemen? He needs to call a summit to address Londonistan, and he knows it. He is embarrassed by the truth,, and what is his first reaction? - PULL THE WOOL over the truth fast by pointing the finger at the Yemen. This is not a story directly linked to the post but it's the underlying problem with the nation....namely propaganda, spin, lies and deception. It works as well. He knows full well what he is at. Treat us all like plebs and we will be totally aghast and do nothing out of sheer futility. And this is where we are, being offered hope in the form of sacrifice - GET STUFFED GORDON.

1 January 2010 at 16:52  
Anonymous graham wood said...

"The Millennium Development Goals, eight key objectives about tackling poverty and disease"

These could be words of a NGO Executive Director, or those of a Social Worker's Mission statement for 2010. Where is the Christian dimension?

I don't recall either Jesus, or the early church hankering to take on the role of secular State(s) to organise global welfare.

Whilst the relief of poverty has been, and always will be the concern of individual Christians, this is not the primary objective of the Church collectively. There are plenty of agencies which are fully engaged in that already.

With the Established Church riven by modernism, doctrinal schism, post modernism, and the crying scandal of homosexuality within its midst, would it not be fitting to address these pressing issues, accompanied for a call for fresh reform so urgently needed on every hand?
The Church is the "pillar and ground of the truth," not a global relief agency.

1 January 2010 at 17:30  
Blogger dutchlionfrans1953 said...

I expect a bishop of a church of Jesus Christ to speak about Christ, first and foremost. The goal of the Church of Jesus Christ is to bring unbelievers the Good News about Salvation by Christ Jesus and the Kingdom of God: That they may be truelly born of God - born again spiritually by the Holy Spirit in the name and because of the death and resurection of the dead of Jesus Christ. REPENTENCE to Jesus Christ is God's answer to all world problems! Then to disciple them and bring them into full maturity in Christ Jesus and in their ministry. (Eph. 4: 11-18)

A 'church' that is not active in this, but sounds and acts like the world, promoting worldly solutions instead of God-solution(s), is like a social organisation, and is dead to Christ and to the world - as they are like the world, they have lost their savor, and are no good but to be trempled upon by men (Matthew 5:13)

That church and this bishop can be told only one thing: REPENT, or you will likewise PERISH!

1 January 2010 at 17:55  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

That old windbag doesn't half spout a lot of waffle most of the time. Don't we all hope for world peace and a better life for all etc...... But it's not going to happen in the next ten years either, and haven't they got to meet God halfway by helping themselves. Child poverty can be reduced by a bit of education for the parents in simple economics.

1 January 2010 at 18:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever tried to do something to help other countries like offer to go there? It's virtually impossible unless you are endowed with wads of cash. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer, and this is fine providing there is some way to actually feed yourself. Most organisations have one thing in mind DONATE! Try it for yourself and see how far you get.

So excuse me if I don't give a damn because I have jack all to donate, the government is doing a mighty fine job at donating on my behalf.

1 January 2010 at 18:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a reason why we never hear David Cameron stand up in Parliament and say to Gordon Brown - "That is crap and you know it is"! and then proceed to tell us why it is crap, and the reason is that he knows full well that one day he may have to stand there and spout the exact same crap in order to keep his MPs feeding at the trough.

1 January 2010 at 18:42  
Anonymous BL@KBIRD said...

Did anyone report sightings of Nosferatu in the streets of Londinistan? What planet does this pointy browed bag of bleeding heart live on? Is he suggesting that Britain put all the worlds poor on benefits? If so you can save on bureaucratic costs by farming out the distribution to the many well intentioned Muslim organizations that will appear as if it by magic.

1 January 2010 at 19:08  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

I thought that the ABC's homily was OK in that he moved one's conscience at the ills of the world, but at the same time he seemed to assume that man is perfectable - that we can have a perfect world where all ills can be cured.

As we know, this is impossible. man can never be better - he can be richer or poorer, he can be sadder but seldom wiser - but never better.

Christ said that without Him, we can do nothing.

But apart from the point that we are all created in God's image and likeness, the ABC could not bring himself to mention Jesus Christ.

So 5 out of 10.

A pity. Like DDIM 'n HOFFI I personally like Dr Williams. In conjunction with his many talents he has a good speaking voice - though this is offset by the video in which he moves around like Darth Vader. He thinks deeply, but I suspect he is so concerned to hide his message in a guardianista wrapping, that the Christian bit is lost.

1 January 2010 at 20:02  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Just what we need, another effing globalist...

1 January 2010 at 20:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where was Christ, where was the gospel, where was the hope of eternal life through jesus? The welsh druid oversee's a dying church ICHABOD ICHABOD ICHABOD

1 January 2010 at 20:28  
Blogger DDIM 'n HOFFI said...

UGOC

LMAO. If he whipped out a lightsabre it would not have looked so odd until second thoughts. No, really though, I think he looked quite fetching and although appearances can be a distraction, it was dam cold out there.

Geesh, I have this image in my head now. He should do the lightsabre thing for charity or something, I would die to see it!

1 January 2010 at 20:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All vicars should walk around in those robes - I want to be a vicar! I will pratice in my room I swear it!

May the Anglican Force be with you!

1 January 2010 at 20:37  
Blogger DDIM 'n HOFFI said...

UGOC

Please forgive me ABC, but the temptation was too great:

May The Force Be with Us In 2010

1 January 2010 at 20:48  
Anonymous not a machine said...

It is not perhaps the role of the Archbishop of Canterbury to be the christmas Grinch , he is no doubt aware that politics has been in protracted struggles and is missing its goals .
It is interesting that he chose a simpler message than in his useual speaking , so not really a message for those who like to try to interpret his deeper meanings .

In between movements can often be a difficult time , the thing that causes most poverty is the spiritual poverty and lack of those leaders who run corrupt countires .

Today in the news we find concern that the NHS will struggle to meet the demands of a society in some sectors that has turned to heavy drink , the cheapness of one kind of spirit and the loss of conviction in the holy one is beggining to show its self , it will be more interesting when he chooses his time to turn his powers on to what has become of his own flock ,I wonder what he was seeing when out upon westminster bridge and if he pondered if the people of the United Kingdom had been dining on a very thin religo/politico soup for too long to still see jesus christ as worthy of human seeking.

1 January 2010 at 21:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where was Christ, where was the gospel, where was the hope of eternal life through jesus?

Answer

Nowhere to be found.

Why? You may ask. But maybe not for a whole lot longer.

The ABofC is known to be a Druid, therefore a SUN worshipper. Which has much to do with 'The Church,' but little, or more accurately NOTHING whatsoever to do with the reported, or actual mission of Jesus Christ.

The ABofC, very much like the Pope in Rome, is a follower of the great mystery schools. To him and his high establishment kind Jesus is simply a symbolic representation of The SUN of God, the light and saviour of the world, not the son of the father of creation. Which is the reason why neither he nor the Pope hardly ever talk about Jesus at all. Or when they do, only in terms that a fellow high free-mason could properly understand, or relate to. For example the 'people' in power who actually elected/selected them both for the job of systematically destroying Christianity, and therefore Christians.

The Church has much in common with political parties. The most important one being the role of repressing/controlling by miss-representation the beliefs/common humanity of their OWN voters or followers.

For example a Conservative Party which is not conservative, a Liberal Party which is not liberal, and of course a socialist party which is anything but social. Not forgetting nationalist parties that are not nationalist, and Christian Churches led entirely by people who don't, and never have believed in the material existence of Jesus of Nazareth.

The reason for this is simple, but not at all new.

The ENTIRE purpose of established religion and political parties is to retain the established order of things. Which is THEM, where they have always been, and US very much where THEY have always had every intention of keeping US.

Which, if you still persist in retaining any doubt whatsoever, is temporally and spiritually under their complete control, generally impoverished, working almost entirely for them, and as ignorant of our true collective, and individual power, as they can possibly get away with.

I hold the above to be the self apparent, historically well documented essential truth of the matter. If you or any one else has any evidence that has EVER pointed in any other direction, I would simply love to read it.

QUOTE

"Forgive them, for they know not what they do."

However after the ABofC and The Pope have finally finished feeding real Christians, and more importantly their families, to the New World Orders blood thirsty lions, many may not be so forgiving.

1 January 2010 at 22:10  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace,

It was all that 'production' nonsense which I found so distracting - you know, the mood music, the soft focus shots and all that crass filmic stuff. Too redolent of really poor quality documentaries.

He'd do very well to take a close look at what HM Queen does, instead of allowing his minions to 'dramatise' the message. Come to that, he should sack a few of them, anyway. Evidently they're really not very good at this kind of thing.

Mind you, is he any good at his job, either? I guess his heart's in the right place, but where's his brain? Maybe we're looking for it at the wrong end of the spinal column.

1 January 2010 at 22:23  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Nice one DDIM 'N HOFFI

He's a natural isn't he?

With the Holy Father offering to take over part of his flock, it's probably only fair that ABC offers to take the JEDI religion under his wing

1 January 2010 at 23:11  
Anonymous no nonny said...

How right Lord L is about an ABC who preaches Humanism instead of Christianity.

I agree with Anon@22:10, and with most other communicants. I say the ABC betrays British Christians - and for what price? Not so much as 30 pieces of silver, surely; apparently not enough to pay for a Star or an Angel on top of a Christmas tree (see vid).

I nearly collapsed in a fit of negativity when, in presence of a crucifix (not a Cross) he placed the words: "If we look back, quite a bit has been achieved. There is hope but so much remains to be done:" Surely the mission of a Church leader is not to understate the message of the Cross, but to explicate and apply it? This man tells us, instead: "each year, nine million children still die before reaching their fifth birthday – from avoidable disease, from violence and undernourishment." We may, therefore, infer other things. I, for example, believe that those children would have been better off 2,000 years ago, even under the Romans!! After all, Christ evaded ‘death’ by violence until He was 33. Furthermore, the good die young: like Him, they go to a better place, not to the hell created by commie disorder. The euSSR is forcing us backwards instead of forwards, and the ABC should not be spouting its doctrine at us. That message comes from the valley of spiritual death.

I glean the impression, from Your Grace’s New Year videos, that our superstructure consists of evangelists for the euSSR and all its gods, and they preach the badspel of the list kindly provided by Ian Cad. The intermediaries clearly all come from the same school: they are Sales Clones for the Scam - so unsubtle that they may as well cloak themselves in lights of flashing gilt and crimson. Indeed, I fear their next message - the one we won’t be able to refuse.

But wait! Could that be something masquerading as a general election - filled with candidates from the same school?

2 January 2010 at 02:55  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Can't be arsed to listen to anything the Archdruid has to say any more. Boring delivery. Irrelevant content. Spiritual vacuous.

Reading the comments here is enough to confirm my prejudices.

2 January 2010 at 11:46  
Anonymous oiznop said...

It is vapid, but at least its not incomprehensible waffle. It's not necessary to mention Jesus all the time - it's like saying that those who always use the name are somehow more genuinely Christian, which is nonsense.

3 January 2010 at 11:21  
Anonymous len said...

I would have though tnot merely mentioning , but constantly preaching Jesus was THE job of the A B of C.
Perhaps he should re-think exactly what his role is?
Perhaps Anglicans should elect people with a bit more fire and and on a level ordinary mortals(like myself|) can understand.

3 January 2010 at 14:15  

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