President’s Easter Message

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Conflicting voices outside Parliament during Brexit debates bring to mind the discord amongst the crowds in Jerusalem during the week when Jesus was crucified, says a leading Welsh Christian in her Easter Message. The Revd Jill-Hailey Harries, President of the Union of Welsh Independents whose members meet in 400 chapels across Wales, said that as animosity grows amongst the different factions, now is the time for Christians and all other people of goodwill to do everything possible to urge calm and respect for other people’s opinions.  

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“The noisy crowds outside the UK parliament distantly echo the discordant voices heard on the streets of Jerusalem during Jesus’ last days on earth, when the atmosphere during the Passover celebration was also very volatile,” said the Revd Jill-Hailey Harries, President of the Union of Welsh Independent churches. 

“The jubilant shouts of Hosanna during Jesus’ entry into the city at the beginning of Easter week were soon followed by demands for him to be crucified.  

“As the chaotic Brexit debate rumbles on, as discord and protest grow amongst the different factions, now is the time for Christians–for all people of goodwill indeed–to do everything we can to urge calm and respect for other people’s opinions.  

“The Gospel story tells us that the horrific suffering of Calvary was followed by Jesus’ victory over hatred and death in the life–asserting event of the resurrection. That is central to our Christian belief and activity today. In our present context, we must also believe that the conflict over Brexit will pass, that wisdom will prevail, and that social harmony and political stability will be restored.”