C. of E. General Synod considers ‘Brexit’

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Posted 17 July 2016

At its 8th-12th July General Synod meeting in York, the Church of England voted unanimously to approve the call of the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York “to unite in the common task of building a generous and forward looking country” during a debate on the 23rd June referendum in favour of the country leaving the European Union.

Moving the motion, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, said: “Although it would be easy to be either utopian, or cataclysmic and apocalyptic, I think that Synod would be deeply mistaken to veer in either direction.

“The result has released a latent racism and xenophobia in all sectors, and challenges the prevailing consensus of tolerance and acceptance, thus threatening other areas of welcome liberalisation.”

He said that the “clearest inspiration to those outside the Church, the best way we will communicate, the way we bring hope in anxious times, is to be a holy community, and one which is recognised in its conduct as manifestly holy”.