Rowan Williams Quotes

  • Incidentally, one of the most worrying problems in the impact of Western modernity on traditional culture is that it quite rapidly communicates its own indifference or anxiety or even hostility about age and ageing.
  • Christians should emphatically be campaigning for justice for the poor - but the Church is not a campaign.
  • Violence is not to be undertaken by private persons. If a state or administration acts without due and visible attention to agreed international process, it acts in a way analogous to a private person. It purports to be judge of its own interest.
  • We shall not find life by refusing to let go of our precious, protected selves.
  • A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us.
  • At the end of the Middle Ages, nobody would ever have expected the monasteries to vanish from the scene within a generation - yet they did. Change does happen.
  • The Church exists to connect people at the level of their hunger for a new world.
  • So every creative act strives to attain an absolute status; it longs to create a world of beauty to triumph over chaos and convert it to order.
  • I have to go on being a priest and bishop, that is, to celebrate God and what God has done in Jesus, and to offer in God's name whatever I can discern of God's perspective on the world around - something which involves both challenge and comfort.
  • The world's creation has a beginning from the world's point of view, not from God's.
  • And when the world is created, it is created in such a way that those eternal objects of God's loving wisdom become actualities - interacting with one another, relating to God in the finite realm.
  • To be a Christian is to believe we are commanded and authorised to say certain things to the world; to say things that will make disciples of all nations.
  • The Church is the new creation, it is life and joy, it is the sacramental fellowship in which we share the ultimate purpose of God, made real for us now in our hearing the Word and sharing the Sacrament.
  • In spite of the haze of speculation, it is still something of a shock to find myself here, coming to terms with an enormous trust placed in my hands and with the inevitable sense of inadequacy that goes with that.
  • I value unity because I believe we learn truth from each other in this process.
  • Even when I was Archbishop of Wales and working with new bishops, I used to say, not realising quite how true it was, 'One of the things you will do as a bishop is disappoint people'.
  • A flourishing, morally credible media is a vital component in the maintenance of genuinely public talk, argument about common good.
  • I am pleased that Prince Charles and Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles have decided to take this important step.
  • Quite a lot of our contemporary culture is actually shot through with a resentment of limits and the passage of time, anger at what we can't do, fear or even disgust at growing old.
  • Friendship is something that creates equality and mutuality, not a reward for finding equality or a way of intensifying existing mutuality.
  • The twentieth century may tell us that we have nothing to be complacent about in the recent history of humankind; but it also tells us that there is nothing inevitable about tyranny.
  • In sharp contrast to the idea that this stage of life is enviable, we hear high levels of anxiety about getting old, anxieties about health, mobility, access to facilities, simple routine care and attention.
  • What can we say about a marketing culture that so openly feeds and colludes with obsession? The Disney empire has developed this to an unprecedented degree of professionalism.