Venue: St Peter's Church, North St, Oundle PE8 4AL
We join the Archbishop, his unflappable Chaplain, Terry and a host of other colourful characters as they travel around the world. Along the way, the Archbishop meets the Pope in Ghana, has a photo call with koalas and tries his hand at fishing in Australia, and meets the crowd via an ‘archmobile’ in Canada. He and his staff experience extreme weather conditions - from the drought-ridden landscapes of Nigeria to splashing through a flooded church in Scotland to stormy flights preceded by prayer from the pilot - as well as some rather unusual local customs, entertainment and souvenir gifts, and an array of unfamiliar food and drink.
Whether navigating huge crowds or temperamental sound systems or dealing with the fact that their party has arrived at the wrong place or on the wrong day, the Archbishop remains affable and good natured, even when, despite Terry’s and the team’s best efforts, events descend into – in Runcie’s own words – ‘a bit of a shambles’. Terry’s engaging narrative also sheds light on the history of Lambeth Palace and the way in which the role of Archbishop of Canterbury has evolved over the years.
‘This is Terry as he really is – wise and funny. A good book from a big man. If only he could be the Primate.’ John Sergeant
‘During the days of my captivity in Beirut, [Robert Runcie] was a tower of strength to my wife and children… [this book] brings back memories for me of a kind man, a good Archbishop, and, above all, a wonderful friend.’ Terry Waite MBE, CBE
Terry Waite was Advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980 to 1992. In the early 1980s he successfully negotiated the release of several hostages from Iran and this event brought him to public attention. In 1983 he negotiated with Colonel Ghadafi for the release of British hostages held in Libya and again was successful. In January 1987 while negotiating for the release of Western hostages in Lebanon he himself was taken captive and remained in captivity for 1,763 days, the first four years of which were spent in total solitary confinement.
He is the author of Taken on Trust, Solitude, and Out of the Silence, a co-founder of Hostage UK and Y Care International, and President of Emmaus UK.
Terry Waite is a British Quaker and Anglican, humanitarian and author. Terry now works with prisoners, the homeless, hostages and their families.
Terry Waite will be in conversation with Viv Gascoine, Head of Laxton House, teacher of Religious Studies and lay chaplain at Oundle School.
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