The national Anglican newspaper 'Taonga' has a helpful article on who the new Wellington bishop is - Justin Duckworth - and some of the things he stands for. I'll leave you to read it.
I single out these two quotations from the Bishop elect's 'sayings' as striking a chord with me. “So it’s about using the skills and passion I possess, and the experiences I’ve had in the last 25 years… and bringing those to bear to help the Anglican Church to realign a little bit... to realign to be a force for transformation in society.”
I like that. Not throwing the baby out with the bath water. Recognising that there's a bit of treasure (taonga) there in the old girl. Affirming the treasure, while facing change in those areas where the church is on the wrong path; heading in the wrong direction and focusing on the less important things than on the majors like justice and compassion and practical loving action.
Justin's obvious compassion and commitment to the weak, marginalised and those on the 'edge' of society excites me. I wasn't at the electoral synod, but I want to offer a great thank you to everyone there who had the vision, faith, fortitude, courage and other commendable things to choose this man to lead the church forward in the southern North Island. I am excited too to read that it seems this man is a man of prayer who will act by seeking to discern God's will each step of the way.
Kia Kaha Justin... Stand tall and be strong.
A Prayer for this time...
"I pray for this man of peace and courage
May Justin and Jenny, their family and close community,
Be a strength for one another always on this journey.
Increase wisdom and discernment in this waiting Bishop.
Grant him and the people he will lead as Christ's shepherd
Unity, faith, renewal of hope, respectful relations and
Mobilise them as one in Christ's name to serve faithfully,
So that healing, hope and honour may abound in our land."
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