Wycliffe's Response to the Archbishop of Canterbury's Resignation Announcement
Friday March 23rd, 2012
The Archbishop addressing students at Wycliffe College in April 2007
Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, recently announced his resignation as Archbishop at the end of 2012 and his plans to return to academic life and become the Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University.
We at Wycliffe College, Toronto, would like to express our gratitude to God for the ministry of Rowan Williams (Wycliffe College Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causa 2007) on the occasion of his retirement. He has laboured in the office with a spiritual integrity and theological depth which have been encouragement to us all. We are aware of the considerable toil which this ministry has taken.
Archbishop Williams has displayed a broad and powerful sense of Chrstian mission in his work. His patronage of Fresh Expressions has been a help to evangelicals. He has stood in solidarity with our Anglican brothers and sisters in places like Zimbabwe and the Sudan. In the public arena he has spoken up for the economically disadvantaged and against a new and aggressive atheism.
In the area of Anglican unity the Archbishop has advocated for the Covenant as an expression of true catholicity: mutual accountability in Christ that respects local decisions. The results of his efforts may have seemed frustrating but sometimes we are only given a view of the land from afar, and not the opportunity to enter it. The vision perhaps awaits the time.
We pray that the next phase of Rowan Williams' ministry may prove fruitful and we hope that his voice will still be heard on the Anglican scene.