Rowan Williams Gets It — a Spiritual Diagnosis   2 comments

druidwilliamsSome of you may recall a minor kerfluffle from the Christian Right a decade or so ago, when then Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams joined the Welsh Gorsedd of Bards and appeared in — gasp! — “pagan” Druid robes and hood. One of the many ironies of that moment and others’ reactions to it is that of all Druid groups, the Welsh Gorsedd is among the most secular and the least woo-woo (a highly technical sociological term).

So here’s a worthy sequel: an excerpt from a 2009 lecture Williams gave  titled “The Climate Crisis — a Christian Response.” During his talk he offers Druidic perspectives:

I once suggested that one necessary contribution to a better awareness of these issues was to make sure we went out of doors in the wet from time to time (a suitable lesson from Noah…), and – if we haven’t got gardens of our own – make sure we took opportunities of watching the changing of the seasons on the earth’s surface. This may seem trivial compared with the high drama of ‘saving the world’; but if this analysis is correct, our underlying problem is being ‘dissociated’, and we ought to be asking constantly how we restore a sense of association with the material place and time and climate we inhabit and are part of.

A transcript appears on the link page — it’s worth skimming for additional insights like this, a thoughtful and mature Christian grappling with the same realities we all face, and feeling his way into a diagnosis that accords with earth-centered insights and experiences — one that also doesn’t deny Christian wisdom either.

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Image: Rowan Williams/BBC News.

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2 responses to “Rowan Williams Gets It — a Spiritual Diagnosis

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  1. Thanks for this. It echoes a message I got from several stone circles last month when I was lucky enough to be able to visit the UK. They told me their purpose was connection.

    I’ve been doing what I can, energetically and physically, towards greater awareness for humanity. Talking to people. Picking up trash. Whatever I see in front of me is my responsibility as much as it’s anyone else’s after all. I’m out in my neighborhood and my hometown (no longer the same place) every morning and evening, walking and biking and watching the trees, the weather, the people and animals. By folding this practice into my commute, as I don’t have (or even want any more) a car, it has to happen every day. It changes me, and I do think that if we all did some form of it, every day, even just taking a moment to notice the weather and the world around us, the land, sky, and sea, as we walk to the car, take out the trash, etc. it would change the world.

    BART Station Bard
    • Hey BART Station Bard, thanks for visiting and commenting. More and more the word people are getting is “service.” (If only more of us, I know.) And finding ways to serve daily is vital for the momentum and energy. Glad you got to visit the UK and honor some circles. “Whatever I see in front of me is my responsibility as much as it’s anyone else’s” would go very far toward recovering and healing the planet. No fingerpointing or guilt — just opportunities for helping, for service.

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