- Rowan Douglas Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth, PC, FBA, FRSL, FLSW is a Welsh Anglican bishop, theologian and poet
|Born:||14 June 1950 Comment |
|How old is Rowan Williams in 2021? / Age: ||71 years
Rowan Williams facts
- Williams was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Metropolitan of the Province of Canterbury and Primate of All England, offices he held from December 2002 to December 2012
- He was previously the Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales, making him the first Archbishop of Canterbury in modern times not to be appointed from within the Church of England
- Williams spent much of his earlier career as an academic at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford successively
- He speaks three languages and reads at least nine
- He has since described his spoken German as a "disaster area" and said that he is "a very clumsy reader and writer of Russian"
- Williams' primacy was marked by speculation that the Anglican Communion (in which the Archbishop of Canterbury is the leading figure) was on the verge of fragmentation
- Williams worked to keep all sides talking to one another
- Notable events during his time as Archbishop of Canterbury include the rejection by a majority of dioceses of his proposed Anglican Covenant and, in the final General Synod of his tenure, the failure to secure a sufficient majority for a measure to allow the appointment of women as bishops in the Church of England
- Williams stood down as Archbishop of Canterbury on 31 December 2012 to take up the position of Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University in January 2013
- Later in 2013 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of South Wales
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