The 2016 Lecture
On Monday 8th February 2016, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, delivered the annual Church of Ireland Theological Lecture at Queen’s University, Belfast. Speaking to students, university staff, clergy and members of the public, Archbishop Justin encouraged the packed Elmwood Hall audience to focus their hearts on reconciliation. The topic is a high priority for the Archbishop, who has worked and written extensively on reconciliation and mediation projects.
The Archbishop then engaged in a lively question and answer session, discussing a diverse range of topics including Northern Irish society, conflict, human behaviour and theology. Earlier in the evening, the Archbishop was warmly welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, Professor Patrick Johnston, and the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Revd Alan Abernethy. He also proved popular with local students when visiting the Church of Ireland and Methodist Chaplaincy on Elmwood Avenue, taking time to see the café and church which the students call home.
You can listen to the lecture again via our SoundCloud page, or using the player below.
Read the lecture in full
Lambeth Palace have kindly made the full transcript of the lecture available from here on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official website.
The Archbishop of Canterbury
As the 105th Archbishop of the See of Canterbury, Justin Welby is not only the principal leader of the Church of England, but also the spiritual head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
For 20 years, his ministry has blended deep devotion to his parish communities with Church work around the world, especially in areas of conflict.
He has written on ethics, international finance, and reconciliation – the latter being the subject of this year’s Theological Lecture. In fact, Archbishop Justin has often spoken on the topic, including a lecture on reconciliation delivered to the US State Department.
Archbishop Justin is married to Caroline, whom he met as a student at Cambridge. They have two sons and three daughters. His interests include French culture, sailing and politics.
You can view a full selection of photographs in a folder here.