The Bishop's Comment: A game of two halves

1st August 2022

This week in Canterbury and Birmingham, the Lambeth Conference of Bishops and the Commonwealth Games of Athletes between them encompass 165 countries and a population of 2.4 billion people. 

Moving between the two world-wide gatherings gives a vivid picture of human potential in an awesome array of talent and endeavour, teamwork and mutual support. 

One of the memorable images of the Alexander Stadium Games Opening Ceremony is the huge mechanical Bull being dragged by women chain-makers who become light bearers and transforming bull-riders. 

The Anglican Communion goes through similar turmoil as it faces up to institutional injustice and intense controversy while depending utterly on Jesus Christ the Light of the World. 

Unity in diversity is seen everywhere in the precious life-giving face-to-face encounters over drinks or meals, worshipping together, cheering on a favourite team, arguing over different viewpoints or simply exercising the disciplines of prayer or circuit training.

From Southern Sudan to Japan and Antigua to India the exchange of ideas and stories deepens sympathy and enlarges understanding. 

So with an attitude of friendship you will 'be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is in you'
1 Peter 3:15