Thursday, August 24, 2006

Archbishop of York's vigil

I have returned from holiday in Yorkshire inspired by the example of the Archbishop of York. His week long vigil of prayer and fasting in York Minister for peace in the Middle East and around the world is a brilliant and powerful spiritual witness for the modern media-age. In Sentamu we have an Anglican church leader with imagination and spiritual authority who is prepared to speak the gospel truth about war; rather than offer a compromised complex partisan message about just war theories and rights of self-defence. With my wife I joined with lots of others for a time of prayer one day in York Minister. There were tourists taking photos as they peered into the St John Chapel from outside; but the chapel was full with people who had come to pray.

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