Willie is a wonderful and eloquent young hairdresser who visits Resurrection House each Thursday morning to give free hair cuts. I admire him greatly.
The other week as we chatted, he asked me if I knew of Tony Benn. “Tony Benn”, I exclaimed, “he is one of my heroes, and at one time was a member of the British Parliament representing a Bristol (my home City) constituency”.
“How amazing” I thought, “that a young African-American barber should know about Tony Benn”.
We agreed that Mr. Benn is one of the last true Socialists.
I also admire (at a distance) Giles Fraser the Team Rector in Putney, London. I have a feeling that I’d like to attend his Church.
He recently hosted an Anglican/Roman Catholic dialogue at which Tony Benn was a speaker.
Here is something from Giles:
“I have a feeling the Pope pinched Jesus from me and moved him into the Vatican.” These words were spoken recently in my church — though not by me. They came from one of my political heroes, Tony Benn. His complaint about the Pope was that he uses Jesus for power; that he believes Jesus “gives him the right to tell me if I don’t obey him I’ll rot in hell”.
Right on Tony. And not just the Pope. The Fundamentalist/Evangelical Churches are also keeping Jesus hostage, and the Anglican Communion is moving in that direction in its response to Bishop to Bishop Gene Robinson.
Let Jesus Free!