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Pupils ask Archbishop: ‘Why is diversity a gift?’

The Archbishop speaks with pupils from Burdett-Coutts and Townshend Foundation CofE Primary School at Lambeth Palace, London, 3 Dec 2013.

Thursday 5th December 2013

‘In every person that I meet, I see a little bit of Jesus,’ the Archbishop told pupils visiting Lambeth Palace

The Archbishop of Canterbury fielded an inspired question from school pupils visiting Lambeth Palace this week. 
 
Pupils from Burdett-Coutts and Townshend Foundation CofE Primary School visited Lambeth Palace on Wednesday to help Archbishop Justin decorate the Christmas tree. 
 
When the pupils arrived Archbishop Justin held a Q&A session where he answered questions about being the Archbishop of Canterbury and why he left his job in the oil industry. 
 
However, the pupils had kept one special question up their sleeve. Before the session ended, the Archbishop was asked: ‘What made you come up with seeing diversity as a gift?’ 
 
“What a brilliant question,” he said. ‘That’s a stunning question.” 
 
The Archbishop went on to explain why he believes diversity is a gift from God. 
 
‘As Christians we believe God made everything. But he didn’t make it all the same. Look around this room, are any two of you the same as each other? You’re all different. Not even two snow flakes are the same. There is huge diversity, so it’s obviously what God wants.’  
 
The Archbishop said this diversity among people means we are always ‘listening to people who have a different view of the world, a different view of what’s good and bad, different experiences, a different way of looking at life.
‘And in every person that I meet, I see a little bit of Jesus,’ he told the pupils. 
The diversity of the world shows that God ‘knows every person and they are all special,’ the Archbishop said. 
‘Everyone is different and they’re all valuable, whoever they are – however good looking or not good looking, whatever they are like, whatever their characteristics, they’re all unique and special.’

The Archbishop of Canterbury fielded an inspired question from London primary school pupils this week.  

Pupils from Burdett-Coutts and Townshend Foundation CofE Primary School visited Lambeth Palace on Wednesday to help the Archbishop decorate the Christmas tree.

When the pupils arrived Archbishop Justin held a Q&A session where he answered questions about being the Archbishop of Canterbury and why he left his job in the oil industry.

However, the pupils had kept one special question up their sleeve. Before the session ended, the Archbishop was asked: ‘What made you come up with seeing diversity as a gift?’  

'What a brilliant question,' he said. ‘That’s a stunning question.'  

The Archbishop went on to explain why he believes diversity is a gift from God.

‘As Christians we believe God made everything. But he didn’t make it all the same. Look around this room, are any two of you the same as each other? You’re all different. Not even two snow flakes are the same. There is huge diversity, so it’s obviously what God wants.’

The Archbishop said this diversity means we are always ‘listening to people who have a different view of the world, a different view of what’s good and bad, different experiences, a different way of looking at life. And in every person that I meet, I see a little bit of Jesus.'

The Archbishop ended by saying that God knows every person and 'they are all special.'

‘Everyone is different and they’re all valuable, whoever they are – whatever they are like, whatever their characteristics, they’re all unique and special,’ he said.


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