Archbishop discusses implications of the financial crisis and the recession
Thursday 12th February 2009The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu today highlighted the significance of the world financial crisis and discussed the implications for ministry for those struggling with the practical consequences of the downturn in the economy.
Reflecting on the need for active solidarity, Dr Sentamu said: "We have heard the predictions. This slough of economic despond is deep and we are told it will get deeper. For every statistic on the hundreds of jobs lost, there are hundreds of stories of individual hardship and of families in need. Their struggle must be our lament – as we face up to our responsibilities."
Dr. Sentamu explained that the challenge for the Church is both to engage with policy makers and to stand alongside those at the sharp end of the financial crisis.
The Archbishop said: "We need a deeper vision based on respect for the person, care for one another, and selfless service. A political vision alone won't do it. It is not about what governments can do for us but what we can all do. It is here that the Church of England and all religious communities will make a special contribution. Our strength as a Church lies not only in our vision but also in our presence. Our place in every parish in England gives us an unparalleled opportunity to make this fresh vision a reality."