10 July 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury addresses the Methodist Conference
The Rt Hon and Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, urged the Church to become a "footwashing Church" in his address today on resourcing the common good.
Speaking to the Methodist Conference at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, the Archbishop said there was a "gross imbalance in the allocation of resources" in society. He drew on the North/South economic divide, pointing out that the spending per head on infrastructure in the North East was £5 compared to more than £2,000 in the South.
"There is a danger of the radical individualisation of our society, meaning whole sectors dismiss others sectors," he said. "Economics has to be our servant; not our master."
Archbishop Justin said that Churches should stand alongside the poor; not just talk to them, as he expressed concern about the rise of foodbanks in the UK and made the argument that inflation was a tax on the poor.
Before taking questions from members of the Methodist Conference, the Archbishop said that Churches should unlock the wealth that God offers through God's spirit. "The common good is resourced in the generosity of God and nowhere else," he said.
- To watch the Archbishop of Canterbury's address to Conference, click here.