What matters more? Our self-conscious grip on what we perceive to be the truth, or sacrificial love, the giving up our selves for the sake of others? 

This seems to be Archbishop Justin Welby’s lament

“Like a drunk man walking near the edge of a cliff, we trip and totter and slip and wander, ever nearer to the edge of the precipice… On one side is the steep fall into an absence of any core beliefs, a chasm where we lose touch with God, and thus we rely only on ourselves and our own message. On the other side there is a vast fall into a ravine of intolerance and cruel exclusion. It is for those who claim all truth, and exclude any who question…

When we fall into this place, we lose touch with human beings and create a small church, or rather many small churches – divided, ineffective in serving the poor, the hungry and the suffering, incapable of living with each other, and incomprehensible to those outside the church.

We struggle with each other at a time when the Anglican Communion’s great vocation as bridge builder is more needed than ever.”

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