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January 2, 2013

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams used his final New Year’s message to pay tribute to people whose unsung efforts and sacrificial generosity helps to transform lives and build communities. His message was...

October 18, 2012

  Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams during a July 2011 conference at Lambeth Palace. Photo/Marcin Mazur from the archbishop’s official website [Church Times] The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has begun a...

November 2, 2011

This article by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams was first published in The Financial Times newspaper. It has sometimes been said in recent years that the Church of England is still used by British society as a stage on which...

April 24, 2011

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams delivered his annual Easter Day sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on April 24, speaking on the theme of joy, and the capacity to be surprised by it. In his sermon, he stresses that "corporate...

April 21, 2011

Speaking in a short film produced by Lambeth Palace, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams talks about the sense of hopefulness and generosity which lie at the heart of marriage, and what this also says about the "mystery" and...

April 21, 2011

In his ecumenical Easter letter to the heads of other Christians churches and world communions, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams outlines some of the present-day tragedies occurring around the world, but urges that "the victory...

December 25, 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams preached his Christmas sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on Dec. 25. The full text follows.     'This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken through the prophet'. Phrases like...

May 28, 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, in his Pentecost letter to the Anglican Communion, encourages Anglicans to pray for renewal in the Spirit and focus on the priority of mission, so that "we may indeed do what God asks of us and...

April 6, 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has used his Easter sermon to urge Christians to keep a proper sense of proportion when they feel they are experiencing opposition to their faith and remember both the physical suffering of Christian...

December 25, 2009

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams preached his Christmas sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on Dec. 25. The full text follows.     This morning's reading from the Letter to the Hebrews begins with the boldest and most...

September 23, 2009

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams preached at the September 23 Holy Eucharist to celebrate 150 years of Nippon Sei Ko Kai, the Anglican Church in Japan. Attended by more than 2,000 people, the service took place in the Roman...

July 8, 2009

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams offered a mediation during the July 9 Eucharist at the Episcopal Church's 76th General Convention in Anaheim, California. A video stream will be available on-demand at the Media Hub. The full text...

December 24, 2008

'There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus'; we've very likely heard those words many, many times in carol services, like an overture to the great drama of the Christmas story. The emperor Augustus would have been delighted, I'm sure,...

December 14, 2008

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams issued the following Christmas Message to the Anglican Communion for 2008.     Human beings, left to themselves, have imagined God in all sorts of shapes; but - although there...

December 5, 2002

One of the great treasures of the Christian world is the great heritage of Christmas songs and carols in the English language from the Middle Ages. Modern composers still want to set these beautiful and often surprising words. Some will...