Rejoicing together

In his sermon in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London during the June 5 thanksgiving service marking Queen Elizabeth’s 60-year reign, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, called on communities across the globe to dedicate themselves to the cause of peace. He said that in classical and biblical language to be dedicated means to be “absolutely removed from other uses, being completely available to God.”

Quoting from and freely paraphrasing verses from the 12th chapter of the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (New Revised Standard Version), the archbishop said: “Compete with each other only in the generous respect you show to one and all; because in learning that respect . . . you will begin to discover that the other person is a source of nourishment, excitement, pleasure, growth, and challenge.”

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