Williams highlights plight of displaced people at Christmas

By staff writers
December 24, 2012

In his Christmas Letter to the heads of other Churches and Christian world communions, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has made a point of remembering the plight of displaced persons where the loss of home, security and citizenship means an increased risk of violence, abuse, hunger, disease and death.

"Jesus and his family knew this tragedy of homelessness", said the Archbishop. "Our following Jesus means following him beyond the frontier of our comfort, following him to where we shall meet other exiles, others who are homeless and rejected."

"Spiritually, we must prepare ourselves for the journey, stripping away the trivial and comfortable habits that all of us develop in our practice of faith, and renewing our commitment to follow the Word Incarnate. And then we must work this out in action – in our own willingness to be alongside the displaced, to work devotedly with all who defend the rights and dignities of those without land or livelihood, and to speak for them and serve them in whatever way we can."

* Ekklesia is happy to commend the work of Praxis with displaced persons: http://www.praxis.org.uk/

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