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Large Primate in Crisis

by Richard on January 12, 2012

This is probably very unfair, but it started my day with a laugh.

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Advent Calendar, Rowan Williams

by Richard on November 28, 2010

He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to the bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud’s folding.
He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens to mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.
He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting [...]

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“The resurrection is in part about the sheer toughness and persistence of God’s love. When we have done our worst, God remains God - and remains committed to being our God. God was God even while God in human flesh was dying in anguish on the cross; God is God now in the [...]

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“Sin” by D. Gwenallt Jones

by Kim on December 6, 2009

Take off the business suit, the old-school tie,
The gown, the cap, drop the reviews, awards,
Certificates, stand naked in your sty,
A little carnivore, clothed in dried turds.
The snot that slowly fills our passages
Seeps up from the hollows where the dead beasts lie;
Dumb stamping dances spell our messages,
We only know what makes our arrows fly.
Lost in the [...]

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“Advent Calendar” by Rowan Williams

by Kim on November 29, 2009

He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to the bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud’s folding.
He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens to mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.
He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting [...]

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Rowan Williams on climate change (again)

by Richard on October 14, 2009

Richard Vautrey, Vice President of the Methodist Conference, attended the Archbishop’s climate change lecture yesterday. He offers a most helpful summary.
The cathedral was packed to hear him speak, and he took as his theme “The Climate Crisis: A Christian Response”.
He reflected on the story of Noah and the creation stories, and observed that humanity [...]

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Rowan Williams on the environment

by Richard on October 13, 2009

In a speech given at Southwark Cathedral, Archbishop Rowan Williams has called for Christians to respond to the challenge of climate change
“If I ask what’s the point of my undertaking a modest amount of recycling my rubbish or scaling down my air travel, the answer is not that this will unquestionably save the world [...]

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Ben Myers on his ass

by Kim on April 29, 2009

Most of the usual suspects at Connexions will also be frequent flyers to Faith and Theology, the outstanding theological blog of Dr. Benjamin Myers. Ben plays a starring role in the recent collection On Rowan Williams: Critical Essays (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2009), edited by Matheson Russell. It is worth the price [...]

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Rowan Williams on climate change

by Richard on March 26, 2009

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has sounded an important warning about the danger of being complacent about climate change.
In a lecture given at York Minster on Wednesday he reminded us that the providence of God does not mean that he will always intervene to protect us from the outcomes of our our [...]

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Rowan Williams: Lent reflection

by Richard on March 4, 2009

 H/T: Bosco Peters
Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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An Archbishop walks into a bar…

by Richard on December 13, 2008

It sounds like the opening line of a joke, but it’s not.
Solace invited Rowan Williams to share a question-and-answer session in a pub in Cardiff today. Sounds like it was an interesting session, with questions including “Can God mend broken Britain?” and “What’s hell like and who’s going there?”
One quetion stunped the Archbish, though. “Who’s [...]

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Support for Rowan Williams

by Richard on February 13, 2008

This video comes from the General Synod of the Church of England. Note especially the contribution by evangelical scholar Elaine Storkey.

Via Dave Walker

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Rowan Williams’ Address to General Synod

by Richard on February 11, 2008

“We are not talking about parallel jurisdictions; and I tried to make clear that there could be no ‘blank cheques’ in this regard, in particular as regards some of the sensitive questions about the status and liberties of women. The law of the land still guarantees for all the basic components of human dignity. [...]

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The Archbishop & Sharia: two more contributions

by Richard on February 11, 2008

Our friend Dave Warnock
In so many ways in our society we need to move up the level of debate, increase the degree to which intelligence is used and respected, improve our determination to understanding others. Sadly the key things this issue has highlighted is that the press have very little interest in this, even more [...]

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The Archbishop & Sharia: best post yet

by Richard on February 11, 2008

Via Ben Myers comes this useful analysis of Rowan Williams’ lecture by Mike Higton. It’s a long piece, but helpfully broken down into a very brief summary, a longer summary of the key points and a detailed analysis. Here’s a taster:
Williams suggests that the main areas where some such accommodation is likely to be possible: [...]

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Rowan Williams gets an unlikely ally

by Richard on February 10, 2008

Novelist Martin Amis, a noted and outspoken critic of Islam, was the guest on Andrew Marr’s politics show this morning. He compared the bruhaha in the British media over Rowan William’s speech to Abu Hamza stirring things up, which was a nice touch. I’m pretty sure I heard him use the phrase “the Mullahs of [...]

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PamBG :: Too sensible to lead?
Secondly, it really beggers belief that a society is baying that a national leader knows his subject too well and that he is too much of a careful thinker to be a good leader. People seem to be essentially saying that we don’t want intellectually brilliant leaders who engage in [...]

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Song of the Day: “Sharia!”

by Kim on February 10, 2008

(To the tune of “Maria” from West Side Story)
Sharia!
I’ve just made a speech on Sharia.
And suddenly that name
Has set the press aflame -
Next me!
Sharia!
I’ve just hit a nerve with Sharia.
And suddenly I’ve found
Hysteria unbound
And free!
Sharia!
Say it loud and a lynch mob is braying.
Say it soft and for blood they’re still baying.
Sharia!
Kim Fabricius

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The Archbishop and Sharia (5): more blog reactions

by Richard on February 10, 2008

Here are two Welsh bloggers who get it.
Paul Flynn :: Reverend Lynch Mob
Matin Eagleston :: Who would be King?
And Aussie Ben Myers is right on the money
In short, Rowan Williams wants us “to think a little harder about the role and rule of law in a plural society,” and to think more generally about the [...]

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Mayhem in Macedonia

by Kim on February 9, 2008

Timothy: Paul, you know how much I respect - and love - you, right? That you’re my father in God, not just my boss? And my best friend?
Paul: Sure, Tim, I know that. But it’s always nice to hear it.
Timothy: It’s just that I want to tell you something, and I don’t [...]

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