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Rowan Williams Accepts Institute's Invitation

The Archbishop of Wales, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, has accepted an invitation to appear at Trinity Institute's 34th National Conference, “Benedictine Spirituality in the Contemporary World."

He will join authors Joan Chittister and Kathleen Norris on the speaker roster.

Widely considered one of the Anglican Communion’s leading theologians, Williams was recently reported by The Times of London to be one of two nominees to replace Archbishop George Carey when he retires as Archbishop of Canterbury later this year.

The newspaper reported that Williams’ name was one of two forwarded by the Crown Appointments Commission to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Church of England is an established church and its primate is appointed by Queen Elizabeth II on the advice of the Prime Minister.

The Institute appearance is slated to be Williams’ first at Trinity since September 11, 2001. Scheduled for a day’s videotaping in Trinity’s television studio, Williams was among the those who fled lower Manhattan after the collapse of the World Trade Center’s towers.

Williams spoke at the 1997 conference of Trinity Institute, a continuing education initiative for clergy and laity convened by the Parish of Trinity Church in New York City.

Next year’s conference will take place April 28-29, 2003.

Posted on Trinity News June 28, 2002

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