Rowan Williams to Give YDS Taylor Lectures

By Hannah Black | Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Rowan Williams will be at Yale Divinity School in late February to deliver the Taylor Lectures. He will be speaking on “The Claims of Solidarity: A Conversation in Theology and Ethics.” All are invited to attend or stream the lectures.

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Event time: 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Thursday, February 22, 2024

and Friday, February 23, 2024

5:30pm to 6:30pm


Sterling Divinity Quadrangle (SDQ)

Marquand Chapel

409 Prospect Street

New Haven, CT 06511

Event description: 

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012 and the former head of Magdalene College, Cambridge, will give the Taylor Lectures at Yale Divinity School February 21, 22, and 23.

The lectures are titled “The Claims of Solidarity: A Conversation in Theology and Ethics.” All three lectures will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Refectory.

Dr. Rowan Williams is a Welsh Anglican bishop, theologian, and poet and was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury. Retired in Wales since 2020, he is the author of numerous books on theology, literature, and public affairs and several collections of poetry.

Dr. Williams says of his Taylor Lectures, “Solidarity is a common theme in ethical discussion and plays a key role in modern Catholic social teaching. But what are the roots of this language? Does it seek to avoid necessary conflict and struggle, or does it offer a radical alternative to tribal and destructive social patterns? The lectures will treat these and other questions and suggest where we might look both for theological grounding and theological critique.”

The Nathaniel W. Taylor Lectureship in Theology was created in 1902 by a gift from Rebecca Taylor Hatch of Brooklyn, N.Y., in memory of her father, who was Dwight Professor of Didactic Theology at YDS from 1822 to 1858. A series of lectures on some theme in theology is given every second year, alternating with the Shaffer Lecture series.

Free parking is available near YDS in the Betts House or Greenberg Conference Center lots, as well as in Lot 14 and Lot 15 and on nearby streets. View the university’s campus parking page to see the exact locations of these lots.

The lectures will be broadcast live, with the video available for replay. Access the broadcast here:

Open to: 

General Public


Yale Divinity School