– Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York
It is with great sadness that I received the news that the Archbishop of Canterbury will be stepping down at the end of this year... In his company I have drunk deeply from the wells of God’s mercy and love and it has all been joyful. He is a real brother to me in Christ. The last decade has been a challenging time for the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. Thankfully, Archbishop Rowan is a remarkable and gifted leader who has strengthened the bonds of affection. Despite his courageous, tireless and holy endeavour, he has been much maligned by people who should have known better.
Rowan Williams has announced he is stepping down as the Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of the year. He has accepted the position of Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University to start in January.