A Winning Way
The Archbishop of Canterbury seems to have a winning way. Just before Christmas, fresh from a completed round of visits to all corners of the Anglican world, the
Archbishop faced the media for interviews. His openness, his honesty, his focus on reconciliation, and his theme of ‘disagreeing well’ clearly appealed. The interviews could have been very negatively presented. They weren’t.
Two priorities Through careful contact with the media, through his ministry in the House of Lords, and through a major address to the General Synod the Archbishop, throughout 2014, identified two clear national priorities: A renewed investment in ethics on the part of the banking sector; and special attention to those with least, who in tough times are the most hard pressed.
In the course of last year our own Diocesan Synod, meeting in Derby, heard a presentation on credit unions by Bev Parker, Policy and Partnerships Manager for Financial Action and Advice, Derbyshire. Her talk could necessarily only be a brief introduction to the topic. Challenging Wonga Our Archbishop famously said that a cherished aim was to drive Wonga out of business, and other pay-day loan providers too. My own days as an inner city Vicar told me that when people have little, and are desperate for essentials, they will take out loans at crazy rates of interest. It can be a path to real difficulty.