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Bishop Justin Welby

Bishop Justin Welby

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An interview with the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham
An interview with the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham

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The Rt.Rev.Justin P. Welby wasconsecrated as Bishop of Durhamin September 2011. Daniel H. Mar-tins interviewed his brother bishopby email soon after Welby visitedthe Episcopal Church’s House of  Bishops in March.
Two of your predecessors (DavidJenkins and N.T. Wright) drewfrequent headlines for very dif-ferent reasons. For what do youhope to be best known, in head-lines or otherwise?
My main ambition would be not tobe too much in the headlines at all,as given the state of the British Pressit would probably mean I had donesomething immensely stupid.How-ever, if I had to be thereare about three areasthat really seem to becoming to the fore.The first is the needfor the Church to growin numbers, and in spir-itual depth.I am in themiddle of planning,with my colleagues, a long-term program of evangelization whichwill involve three or four missions a  year across the diocese, coveringthe entire diocese every five years.In each of those, both bishops willlive in the area of work and two years will have been spent in prepa-ration.We are trying to avoid an “upwith the rocket down with the stick”approach,and going rather for a steady-state push that does notexhaust people but leads to a cul-tural change that says it is normalfor us to share our faith.So thatwould be one thing.Secondly, for that to happen inthis area it has got to be clear that
Reconciliationand Coffee
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the Church is working effectivelywith those on the edge.The biggestissues we face at the moment arearound loan sharking and its conse-quent evils, and very high youthunemployment.It would be reallywonderful to see headlines aboutthe churches’ contribution to facingthese social issues.In terms of thelocal economy we are quite a major employer, and because of our hugenumber of extremely old buildings(one of our churches has been incontinual use since A.D. 640 andmany since the 10thor 11thcentury)we are able to generate significantemployment when we can find thefunds to do work on our churches.Thirdly, I suppose I would like tobe known, in headlines or other-wise, as a bishop who cared aboutGod and cared about the people.However, I think I know my ownlack of spirituality too well!
Based on your experience in rec-onciliation ministry, what thoughtswould you offer to Episcopalianswho work for reconciliation withinour province?
My own experience of reconciliationgoes back many years, but I have tosay that the issues faced by Episco- palians and Anglicans working in any part of the Communion on the issueswithin the Communion are really dif-ficult.Reconciliation within churchesis one of the toughest areas becausethe issue of faith goes so deep into people’sminds and souls.I think Iwould have two thoughts to offer atthis stage to Episcopalians, and Ihave to say that from the Church of England we are not in a position of being holier than thou or being in a  position to judge, and I am veryaware of our own frailty.First, we all need to remember that reconciliation at some point isan obligation, and will be inevitableonce we are in heaven.Since allChristians are stuck with each other for eternity it is not a bad idea tolearn to love each other before we
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