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Archbishop Rowan Williams to Preach on Sunday, May 17

    May 17, 2020

    On Sunday, May 17, our preacher is Lord Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury (you may remember that he presided at the marriages of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles and later at the marriage of William and Kate). He is one of the great Christian figures of our generation. A widely published author and preacher, Lord Williams, who is fluent in eleven languages, is known for his depth and obvious holiness. This is a sermon not to be missed! 

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    About Rowan Williams

    Dr. Rowan Williams took up the mastership of Magdalene on January 1, 2013.

    Dr. Williams was educated at Dynevor Secondary Grammar School in Swansea, he came up to Christ's College in 1968. He studied for his doctorate at Christ Church and Wadham College Oxford, working on the Russian Orthodox theologian Vladimir Lossky. His career began as a lecturer at Mirfield (1975-1977). He returned to Cambridge as Tutor and Director of Studies at Westcott House. After ordination in Ely Cathedral, and serving as Honorary Assistant Priest at St George's Chesterton, he was appointed to a University lectureship in Divinity. In 1984 he was elected a Fellow and Dean of Clare College. During his time at Clare he was arrested and fined for singing psalms as part of the CND protest at Lakenheath air-base. Then, still only 36, it was back to Oxford as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity for six years, before becoming Bishop of Monmouth, and, from 2000, Archbishop of Wales. In 2002, he became the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.

    He was awarded the Oxford higher degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1989, and an honorary DCL degree in 2005; Cambridge followed in 2006 with an honorary DD. He holds honorary doctorates from considerably more than a dozen other universities, from Durham to K U Leuven, Toronto to Bonn. In 1990 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2003 and of the Learned Society of Wales in 2010. In 2013, he was made a life peer, becoming Lord Williams of Oystermouth, in the City and County of Swansea.

    Dr. Williams is a noted poet and translator of poetry, and, apart from Welsh, speaks or reads nine other languages. He learned Russian in-order to read the works of Dostoevsky in the original. This led to a book; he has also published studies of Arius, Teresa of Avila, and Sergii Bulgakov, together with writings on a wide range of theological, historical, and political themes.

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