On New Year's Day, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, shares his reflections on the year ahead.
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Marsh Academy is a school in my own diocese of Canterbury.
'Today I've been meeting and chatting to some of the students,
'an experience I found very uplifting.'
It is amazing, isn't it?
Yeah. The water turns... It just stays the same.
Just stays... Just gets more diluted.
I had the honour to meet privately
an inspiring boy, who at just 14,
fled his homeland in North Africa
after soldiers stormed his school
and attempted to abduct him.
He was saved by a courageous teacher, but was
so terrified that it would happen again, he decided to escape.
This is just one example of the many desperate journeys
children are making on their own to save their lives.
This school represents the best of what we can do in this country.
It welcomes. It loves. It serves.
It teaches and equips people
and demonstrates our ability to live up to our long-established
tradition of warmth and hospitality.
We've got ham and turkey. Would you like some of each?
-Yeah, that'd be lovely.
-Or this is the vegetarian.
No, I'll stick with ham and turkey.
Thank you very, very much, Debbie. That's really kind of you.
You're more than welcome.
The leisure centre next door, is that for the whole community's use?
-This is my lovely Year H class.
-It's very nice to see you.
What we're going to be doing today is we're going to be making some
indicator using poinsettia.
-You've put the water in.
-Yeah. We've put a little bit in...
'It's not a rich school.'
Many families in the area are struggling on a day-to-day basis
and yet this school and surrounding community are astonishingly generous.
If they can do it, so can we all.
Visiting here brings to mind a chapel in Canterbury Cathedral that
was set aside in the 16th century for refugees fleeing
persecution in France.
An inscription outside the chapel calls it
a "testimony alike to the large and liberal spirit of the English Church
"and the glorious asylum which England has in all times given to
"foreigners flying for refuge against oppression and tyranny."
Jesus was a refugee.
Fleeing as a baby with his parents,
returning years later to a strange new home.
He tells us to be those who welcome the alien and stranger,
the poor and weak. As a nation we have always done so.
In today's world, hospitality
and love are our most formidable weapons against hatred and extremism.
I have met some extraordinary people today,
from this area and those who have risked their lives to find safety.
The hospitality of people here brings love, hope and joy.
If we imitate them, society becomes a far better place.
I wish you all a happy New Year filled with hope.
On New Year's Day, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, shares his reflections on the year ahead. He also visits a school in Kent to meet students from around the world who have faced life-changing experiences and hears their hopes and ambitions for 2016.