The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, spoke of catalysing creativity in mission during his Homily at the commissioning of The Reverend Duncan Dormor, General Secretary of USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) at a Eucharist Service in the Chapel of Lambeth Palace on Tuesday 12th February 2019.
The service was attended by a variety of international colleagues and guests, reflecting USPG’s partnership with churches worldwide, including Archbishop Naudal Alves Gomes, Primate of Brazil, who gave a reading from Genesis (Chap1:20- 2:4) on God’s Creation in his own language and Archbishop Moses Nag Jun Yoo, Primate of Korea who sang verses of Mark 7:1-13 in Korean. The beautiful prayers of intercession were led by The Venerable Liz Adekunle, Archdeacon of Hackney. Focusing on the Genesis passage and the over-spilling creativity of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, the Reverend Justin Welby said: –
“In the life of the Church that lives in true harmony with God through Jesus Christ, we should be overflowing with creativity. We should be seeing what is not and seeing it come to be by working in partnership through grace with God himself. That is our call and our mission – and Duncan, in USPG that is your call and mission around the world: to be a place that catalyses creativity, imagination and a new sense of what the Church is to be in our rapidly changing and deeply fractured world.”
Duncan said, “It was a tremendous honour to be commissioned as General Secretary by Archbishop Justin in the Chapel at Lambeth on Tuesday. I was deeply touched that Archbishop Moses sang the gospel in traditional Korean chant and Bishop Naudal, read a lesson. Creativity in mission lies at the very heart of USPG’s global approach to rethinking mission, energising churches and communities and championing justice. I look forward to responding to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s call both personally and through USPG.”