Library News – April

Well now, Brexit or no Brexit? I have no more idea than you have. What’s clear, though, is that the Brexit arguments have given us a huge shake-up in how we see ourselves as a country and a society, and how we see our relationships both with other countries and within our own communities.
Maybe there’s an opportunity here to re-shape the way we all live together. Is this a chance to put God’s values nearer to the heart of our society?

I’ve put three books in the library that may help us see whether there’s anything we can do to make that happen, by ourselves or together as a church. Two are by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, “Dethroning Mammon” and “Reimagining Britain” and one by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York “On Rock or Sand?”

“On Rock or Sand?” is a collection of thoughtful essays by some very experienced people, commissioned by the Archbishop after the financial crash and in the run up to the 2015 general election. They give us analysis and some creative suggestions on large and basic themes such as “Health and wellbeing in Britain”, “The changing face of poverty”, “Improving the health of our representative democracy” and others.
Justin Welby wrote “Dethroning Mammon” as a Lent book for 2017, and it discusses how we can recognise the power that the values of the world, the values of finance and economics, have over us, and in recognising them, find ways of breaking that power and giving God our service instead. “Reimagining Britain” is an attempt to take the challenge of Brexit and make it an opportunity, he says, for “re-thinking what we should do and be as a country”.

We do have an opportunity for change. Where our Archbishops lead, shouldn’t we listen? I hope these books will clarify your thoughts.

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