Archbishop Sir David Moxon was the Selwyn Lecturer for 2016 as St John’s College celebrated 170 years of being on the Meadowbank site. While home from his position in Rome, as representative to the Roman Catholic Church in the Vatican, Archbishop David spent the weekend at the College. The celebrations included student lectures, a formal dinner, a church service, and tours of the College.
Archbishop David has had a 35-year relationship with the College that he describes as ‘an extraordinary place - like no other’ where students live and must continually encounter issues and people in one place.
Each year the Selwyn lecturer is part of College life. The aim is for a visiting voice to encourage the students to listen and talk together and so deepen their knowledge and also their spiritual formation.
Archbishop David talked about what it meant for the leaders of the Roman Catholic and Anglican denominations to ‘walk together’ and so ‘to be human together’ and be the living Body of Christ.
During the lectures Archbishop David made reference to life in Rome to demonstrate what ‘walking together’ means. He told how when the Pope met the Archbishop of Canterbury for the first time he greeted Justin Welby by saying he was ‘his older brother by two days’. Archbishop David explained that this not only referred to the Pope being elected two days before Justin Welby was enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury but also that they were walking together as servants of God.
As Selwyn lecturer, Archbishop David presented three lectures. The first lecture focused on his work in Rome and The Anglican Centre, the second was about ecumenical work and the third focused on what is required for men and women training for mission and ministry in today’s context.