I’ve been looking at some of the coverage of and reaction to the jubilee weekend, in order to suggest that the British Library archives them for safe keeping in the UK Web Archive. (See Part One.) My earlier post looked at some of the preparatory statements from official church sources, and some very early oppositional voices. Here are some examples of reportage and comment after the event.
Rowan Williams’ sermon at St Paul’s
Perhaps predictably, the archbishop did not allow the pieties of the situation to restrict his thinking on the subject, making some robust comments about aspects of current economic life. See the full text, and the reactions of the Daily Mail (negative) and the Guardian and Nelson Jones in the New Statesman (rather more positive).
The Church Times gave a useful digest of local events, including a street party in the nave of Ripon Cathedral and various sermons, including that of the Dean of Belfast. Events in local communities includes an inter-faith Family Fun Day in Tooting, south London.
The ‘real meaning’ of Jubilee
A good few campaigning sites sought to draw a distinction between the biblical concept of jubilee and the pattern of the celebrations, often making a more or less explicit connection with the current climate of austerity. See Christianity Uncut, Ekklesia and Symon Hill. The work of the Jubilee Debt Campaign predates this year’s events, although their site did draw attention to the connection.