Bishop of Newcastle's call to build bridges, not divisions
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman, has called for people of the North East to build bridges, not divisions, in the wake of the referendum vote to leave the European Union.
Calling the result a moment of great significance, the Bishop describes the sharpness of the debate and the divisions it has highlighted as a challenge for the North East as we move into the future.
Christian hope inspires her belief that we are now called to unite, to build a generous, outward-looking, and welcoming country.
The Bishop of Newcastle’s statement in full:
“The referendum vote on Thursday was a moment of great significance in our region, country and in Europe.
“In the North East, as in many parts of the country, the sharpness of the debate and the divisions it has highlighted pose a challenge for us as we move forward into the future.
“As someone who is inspired by Christian hope, I believe that the task is now for us to unite, to build a generous, outward-looking, and welcoming country.
“The call is to build bridges not divisions.”
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