Read this on the Church Times website and have to say that I think a lot of this makes sense in my situation too, it's not just an Anglican thing! Justin Welby - who becomes the new AB of C, makes some pertinent points here. There are people lost and looking for an alternative, will they find a place of peace that shows them another way?
Justin Welby - he does a mean Selwyn Froggitt impression
Bishop Welby went on to say that he thought that the present moment was "the greatest moment of opportunity for the Church since the Second World War". Since the banking collapse of 2008, "all the idols on which our society was based have fallen. They've been toppled."
But, he said, "the Church needs to be a place of peace if, now that the idols have fallen, we are to show people. That doesn't mean that we all agree; it means that we love each other when we don't agree. . .
"If you look back on some of the arguments we've had over the last few months in the Church of England, it is poison to the mind of those who are outside the Church. It anaesthetises them against the gospel."
He said that the Church needed to find "a way forward" on women bishops and the debate over sexuality. "The Church at a national level has to be outward-looking and a body that is engaging, not looking inwards and consumed by its own problems. . . I am optimistic we can make progress."