03 December 2008
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has added his voice to calls for people to rediscover waiting, recommending a Spiritual MOT in the latest podcast on the Church of England’s web-based Advent calendar, WhyWeAreWaiting.com.
“Advent,” says Dr Sentamu, whose podcast explains the waiting aspects of the church season, “is a good time for all of us to have a Spiritual MOT by meditating on Holy Scripture, doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with the God who came, has come, and is coming in Jesus Christ.”
The website, www.WhyWeAreWaiting.com features an introductory film, also available on YouTube, by the Archbishop of Canterbury and an Advent Calendar with a difference, made up of reflections, podcasts, waiting tips and a quiz on the social networking site Facebook. The calendar is aimed at putting the waiting back into wanting as the countdown to Christmas begins. More than 7,000 people have already visited the site since its launch last week.
Further podcasters to follow the Archbishop of York will include Oxford Professor of Psychology Dr Mark Williams, TV presenter Mark Dowd of Operation Noah and theologian Dr Jane Williams.
Reflections are taken from three recently published books that all explore the theme of waiting. They are: Finding Happiness – Monastic Steps for Fulfilling Life by Christopher Jamison, Roman Catholic Abbot of Worth Abbey; Do Nothing: Christmas is Coming by the Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Reading; and The Meaning is in the Waiting by Dr Paula Gooder, Canon Theologian at Birmingham Cathedral.
Through a series of seasonal hints the website suggests ways of waiting for your wallet, waiting for your soul and waiting for the environment.