Saturday, April 7, 2012

African archbishop John Sentamu tipped as next Anglican leader

From Australia-

OUTSIDE of the west end of York Minster today, 13 willing volunteers from local churches will be submerged in a tank of water in a series of open-air baptisms that have become a hallmark of John Sentamu's time in the Church of England's northern province.

The Archbishop of York, who will preside, said: "These people are very brave - not just because they're getting baptised outdoors in the Yorkshire spring but because they are publicly declaring that they are making a U-turn from sin, evil and the ways of the world and becoming followers of Christ.

"From now on they will, by the help of the Holy Spirit and members of the church, do things differently."

He may have been speaking of the hardy souls braving the water, but could just as readily have been thinking of his own journey. Since the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, announced his resignation, Dr Sentamu has emerged as the frontrunner.

The "Anyone But York" campaign, disseminated by liberal opponents in the immediate aftermath of Dr Williams's announcement, shows signs of running out of steam.

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