John Sentamu to be Archbishop of York....
- From: "Michael Rhodes" <migx73allenford2002@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 5 Oct 2005 18:01:34 -0700
The Church of England's first black Archbishop formally took up his
post and was warned by the Archbishop of Canterbury that expectation
lay "heavy on his shoulders".
Dr John Sentamu, who fled Idi Amin's Uganda, was confirmed as the 97th
Archbishop of York in a ceremony at St Mary-le-Bow church in the City
Dr Rowan Williams, who led the service along with six senior bishops,
said the people of his diocese would be looking to Dr Sentamu to
"engage with the great public issues of the day".
They were also seeking someone who would be a faithful teacher of the
faith and would speak for the whole of the north.
Asked afterwards what he had meant when he talked of the burdens Dr
Sentamu would face, he said: "John has the power of persuading us in
the Church of England that change really is possible.
"We all of us are committed to that but we need people whose
experience... demonstrates that this can be done, that it is possible
to enthuse people of all kinds and from all backgrounds, ethnic
communities, or ages with the vision of the Kingdom. That's what we're
The hour-long ceremony, which has its origins in the 4th century, mixed
the modern and the medieval.
It began with a performance by a group who usually lead services at a
community church based in a former Comet superstore in Huddersfield.
Andrew Kisumba, who was accompanied by brass and drumming, was
handpicked by Dr Sentamu to perform his song, Your Love Lifts Me Up, to
set the mood not just for the ceremony but for the new Archbishop's
ministry as a whole.
Their spirited rendition, in which guests were encouraged to
participate, was in stark contrast to the legal proceedings of the
Confirmation of the Election of Dr Sentamu, which saw the Bishops and
other officials gather before the altar to approve the Letters Patent
issued by the Queen.
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