Archbishop of Canterbury addresses the Methodist Conference

The Rt Hon and Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop ofCanterbury, urged the Church to become a "footwashing Church" inhis address today on resourcing the common good.

Speaking to the Methodist Conference at Methodist CentralHall in Westminster, the Archbishop said there was a "grossimbalance in the allocation of resources" in society. He drew onthe North/South economic divide, pointing out that the spending perhead on infrastructure in the North East was £5 compared to morethan £2,000 in the South.

"There is a danger of the radical individualisation of oursociety, meaning whole sectors dismiss others sectors," he said."Economics has to be our servant; not our master." 

Archbishop Justin said that Churches should standalongside the poor; not just talk to them, as he expressed concernabout the rise of foodbanks in the UK and made the argument thatinflation was a tax on the poor.

Before taking questions from members of the MethodistConference, the Archbishop said that Churches should unlock thewealth that God offers through God's spirit. "The common good isresourced in the generosity of God and nowhere else," he said. 



  1. To watch the Archbishop of Canterbury's address to Conference,click  here.