Many Happy Returns

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Dear Frank,

Four years! In some ways it seems like a life-time. I won’t be as fulsome as Vincent (I leant at HTB to suspect anyone who is quite so free with ascriptions to the Holy Spirit) but I have to say that I don’t know how I would have got through it all without you.

It’s a cliché, I know, but it’s lonely at the top. You and I have muddled along in our modestly modernising way, and I am really grateful that you have been someone I could always rely on to listen and to care. We both have the same vision of an open, uncensorious Church which can welcome people where they are and as they are; and that counts for a lot with me.

We Anglicans have come a long way. And I hope that is an encouragement to you. Hardly anyone remembers now that we used to be opposed to divorce; and it will be the same with gay marriage. Give it time, is what I say. It’s all inevitable. We are moving, you and I, with the tide of God. The Holy Spirit buoys us forward.

But there – I am sounding too much like Vincent – I will end.

With gratitude for everything


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