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A Christmas message from the President and Vice-President of the Conference
In their Christmas message Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard speak about the Nativity, Syria and unpromising situations.
They offer a challenge to the Church, saying:
“Our faith surely prompts us not to turn away purely because any situation looks unpromising. This doesn’t mean facing it with blind and passive optimism. Instead we have a hope which is grounded in the foolishness of God, which is wiser and stronger than wisdom and strength of the world. And God is at work in our world, and invites us to join in. As the theologian Ken Leech said: ‘hope isn’t a state of mind; it’s a piece of work’. In the unpromising situations in our world, where is God inviting us to join in? Where is God asking us to see the treasure that is hidden within the clay jars? Where is God asking us, not to be optimistic, but rather to be hopeful?”
You can watch or read the text of the Christmas messagehere. Alternatively you can listento it.