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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, December 20, 2008
    No doors slammed on the seventh
     
    Thirty years ago, Rowan Williams had a formative experience in Liverpool that would help define his approach as a churchman and an archbishop. "When I first went to train in a parish in the 1970s, I went to one of the worst council estates in Liverpool for a bit as part of my student experience, and the vicar said to me something I've never forgotten: 'The people here have doors slammed in their face every day of the week. I want to make sure they don't have another one slammed on the seventh.' That's a very central vision for me and that's what I try to work with."
    - Rowan Williams, in a fascinating interview in this week's New Statesman.