01/01/2014 Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message


01/01/2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, delivers his first New Year's Message for 2014.


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Hello there.

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I'm all right. What's your name? I'm Justin.

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'Starting somewhere new is always a bizarre experience.

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'There's so much to get used to, and things come at you at such a pace.

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'It's been a huge year of contrasts.'

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It's had some incredible high points,

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one of them being the baptism of Prince George.

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And...to be honest, I had to pinch myself

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to think I was actually there.

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'And another one was my installation at Canterbury Cathedral.

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'A wonderful service in a packed cathedral, very exciting

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'and a weight of history coming down on one's shoulders.'

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And then there's been other real high points,

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and one of them is today,

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'coming here to this Church Urban Fund supported centre,

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'The Ace of Clubs.'

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She's one of our students from the education course

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and has been really enjoying that. Are you? What are you doing?

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I do computing.

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I remember the first time I had to deal with a computer,

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I was absolutely terrified.

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No, no, no, no, no!

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'They care for people on the very edge.'

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They enable people to find their way back

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into the mainstream of life when they want to.

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You are amazing.

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'And that's one of the greatest excitements of this job,'

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being part of an organisation that is, in many places,

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the glue that's holding the whole of society together.

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'Whenever Christians speak out on issues of poverty

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'or social issues of all kinds, we always get letters saying,

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' "Why don't you just talk about God

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' "and stop getting muddled up in other subjects?" '

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When I go to my Bible and think,

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"OK, what's God saying and how do I talk more

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"about God and get closer to God and encourage other people to get closer

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"to God?", the thing I find is that God says,

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"Love me and show you love me by loving your neighbour."

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And if you love your neighbour, you're going to be deeply concerned

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in the things that trouble them,

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'whether it's about heating bills, whether it's about insecurity

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'in families and the need for good community life.

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'And the Church is involved in those,

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'because we want to demonstrate that we have freely received

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'the love of God and we want to share that with others.'

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It's not about politics -

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it's about love.

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I know it's the New Year and I don't want to sound like Scrooge,

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but I never make New Year resolutions.

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I'm just hopeless at them.

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It's not that they aren't a very good thing,

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it's just that I know I'm not going to keep them

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and I have this vague sense that there's no point in doing them,

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except there's one I want to think about this year.

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'I want to suggest this year that each of us

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'makes a resolution to try and change the world a bit where we are.

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'Nelson Mandela said that dealing with poverty

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'is not an act of charity, it's an act of justice.'

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He said every generation has the chance to be a great generation,

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and we can be that great generation.

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'I look around and I see many signs of hope,

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'but also there are many communities,

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'many families, many individuals struggling.'

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Perhaps our New Year's resolution is therefore not just...

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to do something slightly differently,

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but to set our eyes on changing the world around us.

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That would really change our country in the most amazing way.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, delivers his first New Year's Message for 2014.


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