On the language of “inclusion”

In August 2006, Wim Houtman, editor of Nederlands Dagblad, interviewed Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams:

I don’t believe inclusion is a value in itself. Welcome is. We welcome people into the Church, we say: “You can come in, and that decision will change you.” We don’t say: “Come in and we ask no questions.” I do believe conversion means conversion of habits, behaviours, ideas, emotions. The boundaries are determined by what it means to be loyal to Jesus Christ. That means to display in all things the mind of Christ. Paul is always saying this in his letters: Ethics is not a matter of a set of abstract rules, it is a matter of living the mind of Christ.

— “The Church Is Not Inclusive



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