Jesus and Occupy: a bishop speaks out

By Simon Barrow
October 30, 2011

Church leaders have mostly been ducking for cover as the row over Occupy London on the steps of St Paul's has ratcheted up in recent days. The silence from Lambeth Palace until recently has been deafening.

But thankfully the Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, who is thoughtful, humane and media-savvy, had the courage to go on Channel 4 television news on Friday 28 October - to challenge the church to engage in a global conversation on its doorsteps, rather than to shunt it away.

He also managed to talk quite a lot about Jesus. Not because he tried to stick a 'religious' wedge into the media machine on behalf of the C of E, but because he was prepared to go where people are and engage with them. A massive lesson in post-Christendom communication...

* You can watch the interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy here -

* St Paul's: Showing off, shutting out or showing up? -

* More about +Alan Wilson -

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