Justin Welby was named this morning as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, which was no surprise after the media leaks of the last few days. It does seem he was surprised to be asked. And no doubt rather daunted. Many others more eloquent and informed than I am have published their reactions. Here's my brief 2-pennyworth.
I was encouraged by his opening statement at the press conference at Lambeth Palace this morning. He began with one of my favourite prayers
"Come Holy Spirit to the hearts of your people and kindle in them the fire of your love."Speaking of the future of the church he expressed optimism and said:
"We will certainly get things wrong, but the grace of God is far greater than our biggest failures."You can see the video or read the full text on the Archbishop of Canterbury website here.