Full Interview with Archbishop Rowan Williams from this morning…..

Well it was an amazing morning today with the 20th anniversary celebration of Springfield  with Archbishop Rowan Williams. He arrived at 9.30 had a quick interview with the Cambridge University Varsity paper (student paper) – aka my daughter Isabella!! Then up to the common room for a meeting with the youth and loads of great questions with them. It was inspirational to hear him interact with them.

Then it was downstairs for the main service. I will write more tomorrow but I wanted to get up his interview tonight (Lambeth Palace has just given the ok).

Anyway this is what he said!


3 comments on “Full Interview with Archbishop Rowan Williams from this morning…..

  1. nig
    March 19, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    start from around 8.18 to see the actual comments about the meetings with Dawkins and Mugabe. It’s all about the power of prayer supporting both meetings, not that the two people were the same. The Telegraph can claim a degree of truth in their headline, but do not convey the sense:
    If (for example) you heard ‘It takes a lot of electricity to power the presses to print the Telegraph’ and ‘It takes a lot of electricity to power the presses to forge bank notes’ it does not mean the same as ‘printing the Telegraph is like forging banknotes’

  2. Simon Barrow
    March 19, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Thanks so much for posting this. I haven’t always agreed with ++Rowan’s approach to some of the most contentious issues he’s had to face (which of us has?), but I’m so grateful that he has sought to be not just to be “his own man” – as it is often put – but far more importantly, as those of us baptised into Christ do (or should) realise, “God’s person”. His humility and learning, signalled by regular prayerfulness and constant thoughtful attention, continue to shine through. I rather think the treasure that is RW might communicate even more fully in the coming years, and maybe that many in the C of E and beyond (on all ‘sides’ of its often depressingly fractious debates) will come to see that the most important thing with a Christian leader is to be shaped by their God-given humanity and giftedness, rather than to argue over how to twist their role and function to our advantage. Who knows? Anyway, as ever, it is good to hear the words and see the exchange first hand.

    Incidentally, as a journalist (among other things) for many years, it saddens me greatly that the first response of some of my media colleagues appears to be, “Ooh, to a careless listening it sounds like he’s comparing Dawkins to Mugabe – that’s a news angle!” If truth is the first casualty in war, reporting all too easily gets to be war by printed means. (But it’s what we Christians risk doing to each other, too, so I’m not just blaming a particular newspaper). Whereas Jesus’ last recorded injunction to his followers was, “Put away your sword”. We need to take proper heed of that so badly. Thanks, ++Rowan, and thanks Will and Springfield.

  3. angela Hope
    March 19, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Rowan Williams came over as a very caring person at my church (Springfield Church Wallington). He immediately engaged with the youth and his sermon was inspirational in its simplicity. His answers during Question Time warmed my heart, that with all the pomp and ceremony that goes with his role as Archbishop his eyes are always on God. Thank you for a wonderful expereience and a great morning.

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