Church should extend beyond Ethnic, Religious Affiliations says Davies
The new Anglican Archbishop of Australia, Bishop Glenn Davies said that Christians need to show compassion and care to all who are made in God's image, regardless of their ethnic and religious affiliations, referring specifically to asylum seekers. "What we need to do as a Christian church is call upon the Government to act with compassion and care for people who are made in the image of God, regardless of their ethnic origin, their religious affiliation," Dr. Davies said.
Bishop Glenn Davies, Anglican Archbishop of Australia
Bishop Glenn Davies was elected as the Anglican Church's 12th Archbishop of Sydney by the church's synod. The synod is make up of 800 members from 280 churches around the diocese. He succeeds Peter Jensen, who held the position for 12 years. The Anglican Church of Australia is the country's second largest church with close to 4 million members, second only to the Roman Catholic Church in Australia. Some remarkable Christian leaders in Australia have welcomed the appointment of the 62-year-old Davies.
Davies has described himself as overwhelmed by the decision, and admitted that at his age, he thought that a younger nominee was more likely to get the job. "I was a reluctant nominee, because I thought at the age of 62 that it was probably a younger man's job. But I think the synod thought my experience equipped me for the kind of challenges that the Archbishop of Sydney faces," Dr Davies said.
"What we need to do as a Christian church is call upon the Government to act with compassion and care for people who are made in the image of God, regardless of their ethnic origin, their religious affiliation," Dr Davies said.
He replaces Peter Jensen, who retired on his 70th birthday last month after 12 years in the position. Dr Davies will be officially inaugurated at Sydney's St Andrew's Cathedral on August 23.
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