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Dr Rowan Williams at St Silas’ Church, Blackburn

There will be a very special visitor to the Diocese of Blackburn on Tuesday 19 September.
Bishop Julian already has the date firmly in his diary for when Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, comes to St Silas Parish Church in Blackburn, to talk about his life and work in the Christian Faith.
Dr Williams, now a Life Baron in the House of Lords as Baron Williams of Oystermouth since 2013, resigned his position of Archbishop of Canterbury in 2010 after 10 years in the post, to become Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Although, in general, his theology is orthodox, and nurtured by anglo-Catholicism, he has been regarded by some as a radical; he has been a strong advocate for women Bishops and has supported a more accepting attitude to LGBT people and priests in the Church.
He speaks or reads several languages, including Russian (learnt in 6 months!) and is married to Jane, a lecturer in theology, daughter of the Rt Rev Geoffrey Paul, former Bishop of Bradford and a highly respected evangelical leader.
We hope many clergy and members of all faiths in Blackburn and Lancashire will want to meet him and hear him speak; tea, coffee and cakes will be served after his talk, and tickets are available at £10 each from our website, and by phone at 01254 54991 (Carole); 01772 312678 (Jean) and 07935498060 (also Jean), by email and at the door.

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