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Revolutionaries for God – extracts of Archbishop of Canterbury’s second keynote address to Lambeth Conference

The Christian church is a place of “revolution without violence” with a vital role to play in standing up for justice in a world where the climate crisis will “wreak havoc”, the Archbishop of Canterbury will told Anglican bishops from around the world.

Stark inequalities exposed by the failure to share the Covid-19 vaccine with many of the world’s poorest people will be multiplied “several thousand times” as the full impact of climate change takes hold, he will warned.

In his second keynote address to the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury this afternoon, he said, the Anglican Communion can play a central role, through its global networks, but must therefore be “united” – even when it is not “unanimous”.

In the address, he outlined how Christians had played a central role in changing societies throughout the centuries.

Looking to the near future, he said:

“The Communion must have those who are wise in the world. How can science serve the Kingdom unless we have those who can argue the claims of God based on the gifts God has given us in science and technology?

“How can we challenge the selfishness of the rich if we are unable to argue with economics in the power of the Spirit?

“Look at the failure to share the Covid-19 vaccine. Now multiply several thousand times to an age shortly to come, when climate change wreaks havoc around the world, where sea levels rise.

“Will the rich withdraw behind high, armour protected walls?

“Or will we seek together to do right? It is the churches, especially Anglican and Roman, that have the global networks to do right.

“The Communion must be united. Note, I do not say unanimous. It must be united in a way that reveals Jesus Christ.

“The miracle that God has brought about in the church is not that like-minded people like each other, but that the most unlike people love each other.

“We are seeing that this week, but to maintain it is difficult. People will say that by being friends of those with whom they disagree we are changing sides.

Most Reverend & Rt. Honourable Justin Welby (ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY)


“They said the same to Jesus.”
Discussing unity, he will added:

“We are not at liberty to choose who are our brothers and sisters.

“Of course we must have groups with different views.

“Of course they are God’s gift, prophetic and challenging.

“We must not go down the road of expelling other Christians.

“We should seek with passion the visible unity of the church. But that is very difficult, for so often it will lead to criticism in our society.”

Discussing his idea of the Church as a place of ‘revolution’, he will eloquently voiced out saying:

“The greatest challenge we face is to be converted. That means we must be becoming churches that live by what they say, and are constantly revolutionary.

“It means that our church institutions do justice.  That we do not tolerate what is wrong because it fits the culture or we have always done it that way, or because our lawyers say so. We are to remain revolutionaries.

“The tune we sing is the Magnificat. In it Mary, inspired by the Holy Spirit, prophesies,
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.

“That is the statement of a revolutionary. The East India Company forbade its singing in Evensong in the churches of the parts of India it ruled, lest the local people got the idea that God was like this. It means we are revolutionaries.

“Let us be clear. The Church is a place of revolution without violence. It is called to set the world the right way up, for the tunes to which we march to become the tunes of all the world. We are those who call out ‘But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream’.” (Amos 5:24).

And he concluded his second keynote address to 15th Lambeth Conference saying:

“We are revolutionaries. But unlike secular or political revolutions , the Christian revolution runs on grace, mercy and forgiveness, generosity and engagement. The aim of this revolution is not human power, influence or position.

“Our beginning and end is the King and his Kingdom – the greatest revolution the world has ever seen. Revolution is part of the institutional life of those who proclaim Christ. That is our calling, and God will make it plain.

“But we must obey.” – Amen

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