A comment by the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, Primate of Wales, who was in New York, at Trinity Church Wall Street, when the World Trade Center was destroyed. Like many others, Archbishop Williams thought he was going to die. "This moment of terror and extreme vulnerability brought us closer to others -- we'd have a language in common, even though our experience was less and our danger short-lived. ... We've been `spoken to' in the language of terror and hate; if we reply in the same terms, we say `All right, that's how we are going to go on, that's what we treat as normal'. We have a choice which language we speak, how the conversation goes on." "God chooses to speak a common language with us by sharing the experience of terror and death. And when we speak to God the language of hatred and rejection, nails and spears, nail-bombs and airstrikes, terror attacks and the bleeding bodies of children, in Ireland, Baghdad, Jerusalem or New York, God refuses to answer in that language. He can only speak his own Word which, in the incarnation, is a word shared with us."
Published in the United States by Cowley Publications. "This edition published under licence from Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd. ... London". -- verso of t.-p.
"[By] Rowan Williams".
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"It is not true that there is no distinctive Anglican doctrine. But the discovery of it may require some patience in reading and attending to a number of historical strands, in order to watch the way in which distinctiveness shows itself. The chapters in this book reflect on a number of well-known figures in Anglican history with this in mind; and I hope that some of the connections and echoes will be clear". -- Intro., p. 1.
Six of eight chapters originally presented as lectures; some chapters previously published.
Contents: Introduction -- William Tyndale (c.1494-1536) : The Christian Society -- Richard Hooker (1554-1600) : Contemplative Pragmatism -- Richard Hooker (1554-1600) : Philosopher, Anglican, Contemporary -- George Herbert (1593-1633) : Inside Herbert's `Afflictions' -- B.F. Westcott (1825-1901) : The Fate of Liberal Anglicanism -- Michael Ramsey (1904-1988) : Theology and the Churches -- John A.T. Robinson (1919-1983) -- `Honest to God' and the 1960s -- B.F. Westcott (1825-1901), E.C.Hoskyns (1884-1937), William Temple (1881-1944) and John A.T. Robinson (1919-1983) : Anglican Approaches to St. John's Gospel.
A collection of lectures in which the current Archbishop of Canterbury reflects "upon the life and thought of our Anglican forebears". "The book constitutes an appreciation of the trajectory of Anglican thought and theology and gives clues to the genesis of Rowan Williams' conciliatory style in the exercise of authority". This book "is more than a reflection upon the past. In not a roadmap, it is certainly an accounting of milestones on the highway and an indication of the direction the current Archbishop of Canterbury discerns from past Anglicans who have been leaders in dealing with the often-contentious issues of their own generation".
"Edited by Duncan Dormor, Jack McDonald and Jeremy Caddick".
Includes bibliographical references.
"Modernity is a set of questions, preoccupations and anxieties, and Anglicanism is equipped to engage with them in what one of our authors calls `conversational' mode. Anglicanism `answers' modernity because it has bothered to listen to it and thinks it is worth talking with. In a good conversation, something is genuinely contributed towards a common future, but always in response to the reality of what's presented, rather than in lecturing or preaching mode". -- Preface, p. viii.
Contents divided into four main parts: Presence -- Inquiry -- Engagement -- Identity.
Contents: Preface / Rowan Williams -- Introduction : Theology, Wisdom and the Future of the Church of England / Duncan Dormor, Jack McDonald and Jeremy Caddick -- Ancient and Postmodern : Lessons from Wisdom for Ministry / Jo Bailey Wells -- The Anglican Church as a Polity of Presence / Ben Quash -- "I am the Truth" : Text, Hermeneutics and the Person of Christ / Maggi Dawn -- The Church of England and Evil : Active Optimism / Jack McDonald -- Issues of Life and Death : Why Medical Ethics Needs the Church / Jeremy Caddick -- "Come Live with Me and Be My Love" : Marriage, Cohabitation and the Church / Duncan Dormor -- The Future of Church and State / Jeremy Morris -- Anglicanism : The Only Answer to Modernity / Timothy Jenkins.
"Copyright 2002 Canterbury Press. ... First published in 2001 by Canterbury Press Norwich". -- verso of t.-p.
First edition published in 1999 by Forward Movement Publications. Second edition published in 2000 by Canterbury Press. Third edition printed in the United Kingdom for Morehouse Publishing.
Contents: Foreword / Bishop Frank Griswold, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the USA. -- Annual Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Religious Life -- Daily Cycle of Prayer for The Religious Life -- News -- Organizations -- Directory of Communities -- Articles -- Glossary and Indices.
Articles section contains: Places of Joy ? / Rowan Williams -- Retreating or Deflecting in Place / Penny Jamieson -- What Shall We Say about the Daily Office ? / Fr. George Guiver CR -- A Note on Intimacy in Religious Life / Brother Alistair SSF -- Priesthood in a Priestly Community / Brother James Koester SSJE.
Includes communities in Britain and around the Communion.
"The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, has urged Christians throughout the world to make efforts to visit Bethlehem as a place of pilgrimage and to remember the `struggling' town in their prayers. In a letter presented to Dr. Victor Batarseh, the Mayor of Bethlehem, marking the feast of the Epiphany, Dr. Williams expressed his concern for the fate of the area." Article includes text of letter.
Text of enthronement sermon preached 27 February 2003 based on the text Matthew 11:25-30. "The one great purpose of the Church's existence is to share that bread of life; to hold open in its words and actions a place where we can be with Jesus and to be channels for his free, unanxious, utterly demanding, grown-up love. The Church exists to pass on the promise of Jesus -- `You can live in the presence of God without fear; you can receive from his fullness and set others free from fear and guilt'. And, as with all secrets, people will react with a mixture of that fascination and alarm we began with. Here is the secret of our true identity -- we are made to be God's children and to find our most profound freedom in surrender to him. We only become completely human when we allow God to remake us." "We have to learn to be human alongside all sorts of others, the ones whose company we don't greatly like, the ones we didn't choose, because Jesus is drawing us together into his place, into his company". "Living in Jesus' company, I have to live in a community that is more than just the gathering of those who happen to agree with me, because I need also to be surprised and challenged by the Jesus each of you have experienced. .... Does there come a point where we can't recognise the same Jesus, the same secret ? The Anglican Church is often accused of having no way of answering this. But I don't believe it; we read the same Bible and practise the same sacraments and say the same creeds. But I also believe that we have the very best of reasons for hesitating to identify such a point too quickly or easily -- because we believe in a Jesus who is truly Lord and God, not the prisoner of my current thoughts or experiences". "The Church of the future, I believe, will do both its prophetic and pastoral work effectively only if it is concerned first with gratitude and joy; orthodoxy flows from this, not the other way around, and we don't solve our deepest problems just by better discipline but by better discipleship, a fuller entry into the intimate joy of Jesus' life".
Text of Archbishop Rowan Williams' response to Jeffrey John's withdrawal in which he acknowledges "the dignity and forbearance" shown by Canon Jeffrey John. "Canon John's appointment has brought to light a good deal of unhappiness among people who could by no means be described as extremists, many of whom have willingly testified to their personal respect for Canon John. They are convinced, however, that there is a basic issue at stake relating to the consistency of our policy and our doctrine in the Church of England -- and that this issue has arisen in this particular case in a way for which there are no obvious parallels. Such unhappiness means that there is an obvious problem in the consecration of a bishop whose ministry will not be readily received by a significant proportion of Christians in England and elsewhere". "Let me add that some of the opposition expressed to Canon John's appointment has been very unsavoury indeed. A number of the letters I received displayed a shocking level of ignorance and hatred towards homosexual persons".
"First published in 1987 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd. This new edition published in 2001 by SCM Press". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The author "argues that Arius himself was a dedicated theological conservative whose concern was to defend the free and personal character of the Christian God. His `heresy' grew out of the attempt to unite traditional biblical language with radical philosophical ideas and techniques and was, from the start, involved with issues of authority in the church. ... Williams raises the vital wider questions of how heresy is defined and how certain kinds of traditionalism transform themselves into heresy". -- back cover.