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John Sentamu [Jun. 20th, 2005|09:04 am]
Tony Grist
The newly appointed Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has given an interview attacking homophobia in the church. Good for him!

And now for a little reflected glory. I was at college with the guy- Westcott house, Cambridge, 1973-76. Trouble is the glory ends there- I can't come up with a single anecdote- I guess we just didn't move in the same circles. (Actually, I didn't move in any circles at all- I was more the moody, doomed, outsider type.) I remember him as cheerful and toothy- and somewhere in the archives there's a photograph of his equally cheerful wife, Margaret, enjoying a picnic lunch with my first wife, Becky, on the lawn of the old vicarage where we had our student digs.

(Ah, the old vicarage! It was a tumble-down ruin- it's been demolished since- but it had a garden full of the most amazing, long-established apple-trees, including some rare if not otherwise extinct Victorian varieties.)

Sentamu has a reputation for standing up to dictators. He came to Cambridge as a refugee from Idi Amin's Uganda and recently opposed Tony Blair's war in Iraq. It doesn't seem as if time and high office have blanded him out any.

So, well done the Church of England! Now how about appointing some women bishops?
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-06-20 05:19 am (UTC)
And good for the new Archbishop! Well done!

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-06-20 07:02 am (UTC)
I like it that he has chosen this topic as the subject of his first interview since his appointment.

Archbishop Sentamu is know as a theological conservative, but a social liberal.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-06-20 07:33 am (UTC)
The fact that he chose to speak on this topic first may indicate what a critical time this is for both Anglicans and Episcopalians.

By the way, while you were gone, I finished up my novel, filling in the gap--I added 12,000 words and feel it is much better. I'm now going through and making sure sequences and times work and that all names are changed--Kate will take the finished version and read it for flow and grammar, and then Kate (an old hand) thinks I need to find an agent.

I'm just glad it's winding down. I want to do something else!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-06-20 09:12 am (UTC)
I want to see it when all the "i"s are dotted.

Yes, I agree with Kate, I think you should try to get an agent.
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From: saskia139
2005-06-20 08:08 am (UTC)
Archbishop Sentamu is know as a theological conservative, but a social liberal.

That's the sort of bishop I like. *g* Gives me a wee bit of hope for my Church.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-06-20 09:19 am (UTC)
I'm liberal on both, but I respect Sentamu. He has a great track record when it comes to speaking up on matters of social justice and political morality.
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