Tuesday, April 01, 2014

His Grace invited to join the Archbishops' Council and Lambeth Palace mission

In February, the Archbishop of Canterbury invited four members of an international ecumenical community to Lambeth Palace in a "radical and exciting step" for Christian unity. Chemin Neuf moved in to live as a praying community at Lambeth Palace. They consist of a married Anglican couple, Ione and Alan Morley-Fletcher; a Lutheran training for ministry, Oliver Matri; and a Roman Catholic consecrated sister, Ula Michlowicz.

Together they share in the daily round of prayer that underpins the (present) Archbishop's ministry, and further the ecumenical and international dimensions of his work. The first of three priority areas for Archbishop Justin’s ministry over the coming years is the renewal of prayer and the religious life within the Church.

Recognising that a few eyebrows were raised on what this may possibly mean for the Reformation foundation of the Church of England, His (present) Grace has invited His (former) Grace to join the Archbishhops' Council to take a lead on how best to address the persecution of Christians worldwide, and also to advise on how to achieve renewal of the Church in Western Europe. His (former) Grace is of the view that persecution can be mitigated through diplomacy and sanction, and that renewal begins with prayer and the dedicated life of religious communities.

Remembering that His (present) Grace's inaugural sermon preached a year ago coincided with the commemoration of St Benedict of Monte Cassino and His (former) Grace, His (present) Grace notes:
The more the Church is authentically heeding Jesus’ call, leaving its securities, speaking and acting clearly and taking risks, the more the Church suffers. Thomas Cranmer faced death with Christ-given courage, leaving a legacy of worship, of holding to the truth of the gospel, on which we still draw. I look at the Anglican leaders here and remember that in many cases round the world their people are scattered to the four winds or driven underground: by persecution, by storms of all sorts, even by cultural change. Many Christians are martyred now as in the past.
His (former) Grace is deeply moved to accept His (present) Grace's invitation to join the Archbishops' Council and the mission at Lambeth Palace, that in God’s grace we may take a radical and exciting new step of coming to live as a community of prayer, hospitality and learning from history and the deepest levels of theology. His (former) Grace prays that this step of obedience will bear fruit among us, and for the Church.

It has been 458 years since His Grace last set foot in Lambeth Palace, and he is rejoicing over this new endeavour. But the one who is rejoicing most is the Father himself. This is a first step of something new.

The Archbishop’s Chaplain, the Revd Dr Jo Wells, said: “It’s fantastic to have His (former) Grace among us. His presence reminds us that the Church is built on strong foundations – the XXXIX Articles and the Book of Common Prayer. It also reminds that we don’t need to do separately what we can do together – and what we do together, we do better.”


Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Awaiting His Grace's April Fool post...Will it be a firm rebuttal of Homosexuality and SSM?* Giggles *



Ernst's suggestion would have been much more fun and entertaining and we could have sailed past the 400 comment target with ease!!! *Sniggers*

E S Blofeld

1 April 2014 at 10:20  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

A jolly April Fool;s joke indeed! But I had to chortle at the final words of the Archbishop's chaplain, that the CofE is built on the firm foundations of the 39 Articles and the Book of Common Prayer - the former is largely ignored and the latter seldom opened. Now, if she had mentioned 'The Happy Homosexual'...

1 April 2014 at 10:24  
Blogger Len said...

If only...
Perhaps with His Grace on board they could then get their ship back on course and head away from the rocks and shallows...

1 April 2014 at 10:28  
Blogger IanCad said...

The old hands here were expecting something.
Good one YG.

Ernst makes a good point.
Sex sells.

1 April 2014 at 11:10  
Blogger David Hussell said...

A gentle April Fool's joke.

But on a deadly serious subject.

Sadly however, if national revival and renewal is to come, it is unlikely to be because of this A of C. Although a distinct improvement on the last one, and basically a good man, he is too much conformed to the present world, I fear.

1 April 2014 at 11:13  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Well done, Your Grace. It fooled me completely.

1 April 2014 at 11:52  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Blowers, you old spoil's sport! Happy Jack didn't realise this was a spoof post.

1 April 2014 at 12:20  
Blogger Integrity said...

Good one YG. You had me for a while. I could not believe what I was reading. Was this to be the end of freedom of speech in the blogosphere?

I have a friend who used to be part of HTB ministry over 27 years ago and new Welby well. He was a God parent to Welby's children and visits him at Lambeth Palace when he is town. He told me when Welby was appointed that he was a good man and I believed him. Now?
Who hath bewitched thee.

1 April 2014 at 12:54  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Happy Jack said...

Blowers, you old spoil's sport! Happy Jack didn't realise this was a spoof post. " Ernst has been coming and attending the wisdom of 'His Nibs' for years and thought the old fella had forgotten and offered a humungous 'fish tale'...He usually has it up and running before the time he posted today..Too much Rioja and Martinis's leading to late morning get up? *Giggles*.

Ernst had hoped he would do an about turn on his previous post for the sheer heck of it, for the responses of 'a man chastened in love quickly turns back to the old ways', but he was having none of it.

Think of the blogoshere traffic it would have generated from his liberal luvvies, running to see what had happened in just a few days?.. Turning perhaps because His Grace had received a joint letter from Pope Francis and Evangelical Alliance ending 'concerned from Rome and London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast', only to realise they had also bitten hook line and sinker


1 April 2014 at 13:13  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Len said...

If only...
Perhaps with His Grace on board they could then get their ship back on course and head away from the rocks and shallows..."

Think you'll find His Grace recently got on board the good ship Titanic II launched from Lambeth Palace docks and has fiddle in hand ,playing the tunes known as "cheerful" to the gathered boarders rather than the obvious one regarding their perilous situation, ‘Nearer, My God, to Thee’ for the direction headed and coming judgment, as they head bravely, to the cheers of the world, towards the shipwreck straits of Perdition!!

Ernsty Blowers

1 April 2014 at 13:23  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Blowers, Happy Jack has just been reading the blog of 'he who must not be named' and says you may be interested to learn said unnamed person has just learned, God willing, he is to become a granddad for the first time later this year. He appears to be very chuffed by this news.

1 April 2014 at 13:45  
Blogger Len said...

Methinks his Grace has been dragging a few red herrings behind his boat and has had a few bites.

HG will come right in the end(just like last time)

1 April 2014 at 13:46  
Blogger 45minutewarning said...

Very Good Cranmer. You had me fooled at first

I've seen a couple of howlers in our local papers today:

"Church of England to Show Clarity and Leadership on issues of Sexuality and Marraige"

"Church of England to Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ"

1 April 2014 at 14:11  
Blogger non mouse said...

'Got me' with that one, YG --- I'd forgotten the date!

However, I now feel freer to note the height of my own eyebrows, re the unpronounceable names HG (present) is gathering under a foreign umbrella (what's the ninth way anyhow? What are the other eight?)
Why does the CoE need all these euros to tell us what to do? Was not the CoE adapted to suit us, and our understandings, in our own places - not them and theirs?

1 April 2014 at 14:13  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

There seems to be an over representation of grandpa bloggers on this site. This is not politically correct and I am not sure if it is even legal.

2 April 2014 at 03:19  
Blogger Len said...

Pensioner power rules!
I went to B and Q the other day and it was full of people who had brought a friendly pensioner along with them to get the pensioner discount..

One day pensioners will rise up and throw of their chains and realise their true worth....

2 April 2014 at 08:40  
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3 April 2014 at 08:17  

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