The Bishops of London delivered their Easter messages across the diocese, with the themes of hope and optimism running through everyone.
The Bishop of London, Lady Sarah Mullally used his Easter message in the Evening Standard to urge the government to tackle the cost of living crisis and health inequalities in the capital. She said that while the cost of living crisis affects us all, it will affect London’s most vulnerable the most. She urged people to heed the Easter message of new life, which invites us not only to enjoy the life we see around us, but to work with our communities to support and nurture those who are most vulnerable. that we. Bishop Sarah wrote that the “injustice” of health inequalities is particularly significant in London, which suffers from the highest poverty rate in the UK. As chair of the new Health Inequalities Action Group, she pointed to a recent meeting of faith leaders at the East London Mosque where the unequivocal judgment was made that “the pandemic has worsened inequalities in health in our city, especially when it comes to mental health. Much remains to be done and I will continue to advocate for action in the House of Lords.
The Bishop of Hackney, the Rt Revd Dr Joanne Woolway Grenfell (p6) wrote of his sadness to see people, families and infrastructure torn apart in Ukraine, Afghanistan and all places of conflict. She added: “I will look beyond those days of pain and sorrow, to the joy and hope of Easter Day, when Jesus Christ rose from the grave, drawing everyone into God‘s love and pointing to a new era of God’s justice and peace”.
The Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy (p9), quoted the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who, when asked what advice he had for staying optimistic, replied “I am not an optimist, but I am a prisoner of hope”. Bishop Lusa urged readers not to “break hope” at Easter, praying instead that “as we face the storms of life and the uncertainty of tomorrow, we will walk through them as people of hope”.
The Bishop of Edmonton, the Rt Revd Rob Wickham wrote that Jesus’ actions and words speak of a priority to bring good news to the poorest, least powerful, and most marginalized. Bishop Rob went on to say that this is why “supporting the plight of Ukrainian (and other) refugees is important, why it is important to challenge the inhuman Nationality and Borders Bill, why the ban on conversion therapy matters, why locally demanding the (now successful) release of Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe matters, why challenging adulteification and eradicating the strip search of children, especially black children like “Child Q”, matters, why listening and responding to the cries of mothers who choose to warm themselves or eat is important.”