Visiting archbishop talks of war and fear
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Newton hosted the Archbishop of Canterbury last week, for a special evening service on August 14.
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby’s short visit to New Zealand was part of a 10-day visit to the South Pacific.
He is the most senior bishop of the worldwide Anglican communion.
His message to those in the packed church on Thursday night was about fear.
‘‘The appalling events of Iraq, and equally terrible killings in northern Nigeria and in Syria, the war in the Ukraine, and in so many other parts of the world.
‘‘The seeming endless repetition of the terrible tragedies of Gaza and of the whole of Israel and Palestine. All these events and movements propel us towards fear, and fear takes us to self-protection, and self-protection drives us to action that things worse.
‘‘Fear makes us inward looking and pathetic. We think the other will gain at our expense.’’
He also made reference to the many campaign billboards he had seen on the way in from the airport.
‘‘I come from generations of politicians.
‘‘It is easy to mock them. We ask them to make the decisions we can’t make, and then we mock them.
‘‘It’s not an easy job. We
makes should pray for our cians.’’
The Archbishop of New Zealand Philip Richardson says it is a delight to have the Archbishop of Canterbury visiting from England in such an important year.
In December it will be 200 years since Samuel Marsden preached the first sermon in New Zealand.
While in Auckland the Archbishop of Canterbury also visited Parnell’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, which is closed for renovations.