Rowan Williams

“Prayer as Transformation”

Below are two videos of Dr Rowan Williams talking about prayer. One of the videos is a 45 minute lecture he gave to clergy at Southwell Minster in June 2015. The other video is a five minute version of the same talk, shot on the same day.

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”

Romans 8 : 14 – 21    (NRSV)


Supplementary information

Recommended reading:

Prayer: Living with God by Simon Tugwell
Living Prayer by Archbishop Anthony Bloom



Right Reverend Dr Rowan Williams

Position at time of recording this video:
Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge
Chancellor of the University of Wales

Denomination: Church of England


This is a lecture, given by Dr Rowan Williams, to the clergy of the diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, at Southwell Minster, on Tuesday 2nd June 2015.


“Contemplation and Action: Practising the Presence of God”