13 May 2007 Sermon for Eucharist: The Two Hands of God
Reverend Dr Nicholas Sagovsky, Canon Theologian
27 May 2007 Sermon for Eucharist
Very Reverend John Hall, Dean of Westminster
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was addressing a cathedral full of people celebrating the 300 years' existence of a Church of England school. This was now a primary school. He asked the pupils what language a child would speak if he or she had lived in isolation from birth for seven years and had never spoken to a single person. There were various answers. Some child answered: Latin. Another, perhaps hoping to please an Archbishop brought up in Swansea, suggested Welsh. No one had the right answer, until the Archbishop persuaded a random adult to have a go. Of course, such a child would have no knowledge of language and no words to utter. There is no need for language if there is no one with whom to communicate. Language is about discourse, building a community, about mutual understanding.