On Friday evening, Year 12 and 13 students were given the opportunity to attend a lecture by Right Reverend Rowan Williams, hosted by Whitgift School.

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable The Lord Williams of Oystermouth is one of the world’s most preeminent and significant 21st Century theologians. Spending much of his early career as an academic at Cambridge and Oxford universities successively, before serving as the Archbishop of Canterbury, 2002-2012, Lord Williams now sits as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords and acts as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

This special one-hour lecture  provided students with a unique and rare opportunity to hear from, and question, one of the most significant individuals in contemporary British life. Lord Williams used the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor, and key anti-Nazi dissident in the interwar years, to reflect on some of the most profound and pressing political, ethical and theological challenges facing the contemporary age. His ideas were thought-provoking, pressing and deeply engaging, conveyed with a power and humbleness that students found captivating.