02 July 2012
A new, international lecture series in honour of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will be launched this year by the College and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC).
‘The Dr Rowan Williams Annual CUAC Lecture’ commemorates Dr Williams’ ten years as Archbishop of Canterbury. The inaugural lecture will be delivered by Dr Williams at Canterbury Christ Church University, and will focus on the role of Anglican universities.
This high-profile lecture by the Archbishop will be held at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Augustine House, Canterbury, on Friday 28 September, and will form part of its Jubilee celebrations. It will also be video linked to CUAC institutions across the world.
In subsequent years, the annual CUAC lecture will be delivered by different speakers and hosted by many different countries.
Bishop Henry Parsley, tenth bishop of Alabama and CUAC board member who proposed the lectureship, said: “This Annual Lecture will be a means for CUAC to strengthen the identity of Anglican universities globally.” Canon James Callaway, CUAC’s General Secretary, noted: “By rotating among the regions of the CUAC chapters, this will be a global voice seeking the commonalities of Anglican higher education that take shape in such diverse cultures. Because of the Gospel, we all have common roots.”
Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Robin Baker CMG, said: “We are delighted and proud to host the first CUAC lecture, a series that promises to be important for the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion. We are enormously fortunate at Christ Church to have Archbishop Rowan as our Chancellor and his lecture will be a significant event for us in this, our Jubilee year.”
The lecture will be preceded by a special Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving in Canterbury Cathedral to mark the University’s 50th year. Staff and students will be joined by special guests, including the institution’s first cohort – the class of ’62.
For more information about the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion, please visit www.cuac.org.
For more information about Canterbury Christ Church University and its Golden Jubilee year, please visit: www.canterbury.ac.uk/goldenjubilee
For more information about the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon. Dr Rowan Williams, please visit: www.archbishopofcanterbury.org
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.