Archbishop speaks at St Paul's Theological Centre
Saturday 22nd September 2012The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams spoke at HTB's School of Theology at Onslow Square yesterday. He was welcomed by Dr Graham Tomlin, Principal of St Paul's Theological Centre, HTB's theological training ministry.
Dr Williams said, 'Thanks to all of you for the opportunity to be here. It is not new for me to come to the School of Theology and it is something I always look forward to enormously.'
The Archbishop was giving the first lecture of the new term, entitled 'An Introduction to Theology'. More than 150 people were present for the event, for which the students of the three Saturday morning 'streams' - Bible Track, Faith Track and Life Track - came together.
The purpose of theology, the Archbishop told them, is 'to make you a more joyful disciple'. He said that theology begins with experience and 'is the effort to map that new frame of reference to which you have been brought.'
St Mellitus College is named after the very first Bishop of London, whose territory covered London and Essex, the College was founded in 2007 by the Bishops of London and Chelmsford, to serve the church’s mission in this region and beyond. It consists of two main parts, St Paul’s Theological Centre (SPTC), based in west London and the North Thames Ministerial Training Course (NTMTC), based in east London and Chelmsford.