Former Archbishop of Canterbury to give public lectures in Nottingham

The Anglican prelate, theologian and poet, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002–2012, will deliver two lectures at The University of Nottingham next week.

The Most Reverend Rowan Williams will deliver the 2016 Firth Lectures — Imagining Faith: perceptions of religious belief in modern writing on the 11 and 12 April at Highfield House on University Park at The University of Nottingham.

The lectures, which are led by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University, are free to attend and will take place from 4-6pm. To book your place, visit the website.

Thomas O’Loughlin, Professor of Historical Theory at the University and the lead academic on the event, said: “We have grown accustomed to having Rowan Williams making us sit up and look afresh at old problems — this promises to be a stimulating two days.”

The Firth Lectures

The Firth Memorial Lectureship was founded by the Reverend John d’ewe Evelyn Firth in memory of his father, John Benjamin Firth, Historian of Nottingham and his mother Helena Gertrude Firth. The lecture is appointed biennially by the Council of the University on the recommendation of the Senate of the University.

The first person to hold the lectureship was the renowned theologian Paul Tillich and there has been a series of eminent theologians and philosophers who have included among others — Baroness Warnock and Professor Jürgen Moltmann.

If you cannot attend either of the lectures, they will be available on YouTube within 72 hours, along with a post-graduate seminar being led by Dr Williams, at­st’l­ist=PL8C59­2CD87A483A­8C&fea­ture=plcp.