Sunday, March 15, 2009

A place for those who need a home - where scum are made welcome

Following on from yesterdays' post - and the worthwhile exchange of posts it generated Click Here - I offer this today:

Timothy Radcliffe OP quotes the often misunderstood Ab of C Rowan Williams in a chapter of a book that he titles 'Breeding Pandas':


" To be built by God into a sanctuary... is to be built into a temple whose doors are open, where God is to be found and God's peace makes a difference. ... But we are called (and here he is referring to the everyone who would call themselves Christian) to be a kingdom or priests, and to be built as a holy temple so that the world may be invited , may see, may be transfigured.

Radcliffe, Timothy OP, What is the point of being a Christian?, (p 179) London 2005

The church as Sanctuary - a place of refuge, a place of asylum: not for the initiated but for the poor, the scum, for those with nowhere else to go, for those who have stories that others won't want to share.

This was Christ's idea of the 'kingdom' - I didn't see many like this at the cathedral this morning - unless they were hiding under their big hats and covering up their tatts with those long gloves.

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