Archbishop to visit Newcastle Diocese

First published on: 27th September 2023

The former Archbishop of Canterbury will speak about Religious Poetry Today when he visits the Diocese next month.

Lord Williams of Oystermouth will be in Berwick-upon-Tweed to attend the Berwick Literary Festival on Saturday 14th October, will preach at Berwick Parish Church on Sunday 15th October and will be interviewed by Bishop Stephen Platten.

The visit follows the publication of his anothology A Century of Poetry: One Hundred Poems that Search the Heart. 

Rowan Williams is widely recognised as one of the leading theologians of our time, a substantial poet in his own right, and a man of deep and charismatic faith and spirituality.

As Archbishop from 2003 to 2012, he worked tirelessly for mutual respect and understanding between churches and church leaders beset by disagreement and threat of schism, introducing to the Anglican Communion the concept of deep listening. 

His love of poetry has fed this longing, having expressed that through poetry he made “a discovery of the holy…..which makes you silent and sometimes makes you laugh and which, above all, makes the landscape different once and for all”.

Lord Williams will preach at Berwick Parish Church during the morning service at 10am on Sunday 15th October.

For further information and the full programme for the Literary Festival visit here and to book tickets click here

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