Archbishop of Canterbury's New York Visit goes Online

Feb 27, 2003 11:52 AM EST

Anglicans across the world who have internet access will be able to see or hear online presentations by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Rowan Williams, during a visit to New York on 28 and 29 April this year.

The Archbishop is participating in the annual conference of Trinity Institute, the continuing education program of the Parish of Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York.

His sermon at the opening Eucharist of the conference on 28 April, and an address on 29 April, will be among conference presentations web cast live by Trinity Television, the parish's television ministry.

The conference topic is "Shaping Holy Lives: Benedictine Spirituality in the Contemporary World."

The Revd Dr Frederic Burnham, director of Trinity Institute, said the archbishop was invited because he "has always had a rich spiritual life of his own, and has explored significant spiritual issues," in his writing.

He pointed specifically to Williams' Love's Redeeming Work. "His argument is that for major Anglican figures, their impetus was to figure out the shape of a holy life. Interest in what constitutes a holy life is at the heart of the theology of the Anglican tradition."

The webcast will include both audio and video "streams". The audio facility will cater to those in the Communion who can receive only sound on their internet connections. Listeners and viewers will be able to e-mail questions for the Archbishop, on the conference topic, both ahead of and during the web cast.

Archbishop Williams' last visit to Trinity was for the television taping of a forum on spirituality on 11 September 2001. The attack on the World Trade Center took place while he and other guests were gathering for the event. During the hours that followed, Archbishop Williams comforted the group at Trinity - leading prayers as debris descended on the streets - and then evacuated lower Manhattan as the towers collapsed.


Archbishop's Sermon: Monday April 28, 2003 - UTC/GMT: 4 pm Conference Address: Tuesday April 29, 2003 - UTC/GMT: 3.15 pm

For webcast times in your timezone, check:


Via one of the following: any Provincial or national church site carrying a direct link


Questions to conference speakers to: [email protected]


Full details of the conference, which includes American and British experts on Benedictine spirituality and practice Joan Chittister, Kathleen Norris and Laurence Freeman available at:


Sessions will be archived and available for later listening or viewing.

By Albert H. Lee
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