Former Archbishop of Canterbury delivers New Year’s address

Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan WilliamsFormer Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams has praised the spirit and the contribution of volunteers in his final New Year address.

In the final message, Dr. Williams has appreciated the role of army volunteers in the success of the Olympic Games.

He also praised the ongoing social care the churches are providing to the needy by referring to the “Robes” project, where more than 20 local churches collaborated to offer food and shelter to homeless people in London.

He has said: “Religion here isn’t a social problem or an old-fashioned embarassment, it’s a wellspring of energy and a source of life-giving vision for how people should be regarded and treated.”

Dr. Williams asked people to get familiar with the “steady current of generosity” supporting many of the services in their local communities and invited people to think about what they could do and should be prompted to ask themselves: “what can I do to join this silent conspiracy of generous dedication?”

Some people would have resources to offer in shape of time, skill and strength while others may help through prayers and goodwill.

Dr. Williams preached his last sermon last Sunday after serving as Archbishop of Canterbury for a decade. His new post will be as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and will also serve as chairman of the board of trustees at Christian Aid, the international development agency.

Dr. Williams’ successor is the Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, who will take over the Church of England’s top role in March.

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