Archbishop of Canterbury to deliver human rights lecture

By staff writers
21 Feb 2012

Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will deliver a lecture on 'Faith, human rights and human dignity' of the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva at the invitation of the World Council of Churches.

The issue is a testing one globally, but also in England, where the established Church of England has negotiated opt-outs from legislation outlawing discrimination, and has questioned the application of aspects of the Equalities Act and the Human Rights Act.

Critics say churches are apt to preach human rights at others, while denying them to their own clergy and members, or to groups in society they disapprove of.

The event will take place on Tuesday 28 February from 18.30-20.00 in the Visser't Hooft Plenary Hal at the Ecumenical Centrel.

Dr Williams became the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2003. He is the senior bishop in the Church of England and of the worldwide Anglican Communion, a 'first among equals' amongst fellow bishops.

A renowned theologian and public intellectual, he has been involved in several theological, ecumenical and educational commissions and has authored a wide range of books, articles and publications.

the Archbishop's visit follows a meeting with the WCC General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, in January 2011 in London.

The lecture at the Ecumenical Centre will be open to the public and interpretation in French will be provided.

The following morning, 29 February 2012, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) will host a discussion forum with the archbishop at the World Health Organisation office in Geneva.

The EAA is an international network of Christian organisations, including the WCC, cooperating in advocacy on global trade and HIV.

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