|The Altar at Lambeth Palace - Compline|
Then on Mon I had to travel up for a business meeting and then to go to Lambeth Palace for a fork supper with Archbishop Justin and colleagues briefing the Lambeth Partnership. We were fortunate enough to bring 6 guests - 3 very senior industrialists with 2 wives and 1 former investment banker. It was an enormously inspiring evening - one of our guests said it was the most inspiring series of church talks he had heard for 10 years.
Justin's three priorities remain:
- Prayer and the renewal of the Religious Life. The development of the Community of St Anselm, of which he will be Abbot, is enormously exciting.
- Reconciliation. We had a terrific talk by the leader of that ministry - huge challenges being risen to right around the world. South Sudan particularly challenging.
- Mission and Evangelization. Again a terrific talk by the leader of that ministry.
PS on Sun our vicar commended Justin's speech on the ISIL action. It's here and the gist of it is:
The action proposed today is right, but we must not rely on a short-term solution on a narrow front to a global, ideological, religious, holistic and transgenerational challenge. We must demonstrate that there is a positive vision far greater and more compelling than the evil of ISIL and its global clones. Such a vision offers us and the world hope and assurance of success in this struggle, not the endless threat of darkness.