Rowan’s legacy

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When Do­minic Walker took over as Bishop of Mon­mouth he asked his sec­re­tary to pro­vide more time in his pro­gramme for prepa­ra­tion for lec­tures and speeches. “We’re not used to that,” was the re­sponse. “We are used to Rowan go­ing out of the door and say­ing ‘Just what was the ti­tle of the lec­ture I’m go­ing to give?’.” The story comes from An­drew God­dard’s ex­cel­lent new book ‘Rowan Wil­liams: His Legacy’. God­dard re­veals that Rowan once named Bon­ho­ef­fer as the theologian of the past 100 years with whom he would most like to sit down and share din­ner. Told that Rowan was to be his suc­ces­sor as Lady Mar­garet Pro­fes­sor at Ox­ford, John Macquar­rie re­marked: “Ay, it’ll be fine if he’s out of jail at the time.” Rowan was briefly de­tained for tak­ing part in an anti-nu­clear protest and had to ex­cuse him­self from Even­song in Clare Col­lege Chapel on Ash Wed­nes­day, 1986. Meet­ing the new Arch­bishop at a Welsh sta­tion for the first time Tony Benn asked him when dis­es­tab­lish­ment will come. ‘Well it will, but it will take a bit of time,’ was the re­ply. Read God­dard’s book not only for the story but for some per­cep­tive anal­y­sis of Rowan Wil­liams’ time at Lam­beth Palace.

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