Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, was the keynote speaker at a conference in Long Sutton titled Social Issues in South Lincs – The Implications of Brexit on the Lincolnshire Economy (6th March 2018). 

Organised by the Revd Jonathan Sibley, vicar of Long Sutton, the day was one of a regular series of conferences bringing together people from churches, local authorities, police, health, education and other social concern and charitable groups.

Rowan Williams spoke on Human Dignity, Human Worth. Amongst other things, he stressed that if our dignity is recognised we have three things:

  • voice – a confidence that my voice is allowed to be heard.

  • trust – a sense of security. We will speak only when we feel safe to do so.

  • a chance to make a difference – hope, confidence that we can affect things. 

Other speakers included the Revd Alan Robson (Agricultural Chaplain), Craig Naylor (Deputy Chief Constable, Lincolnshire Police), and Rose Beddington, who has been photographing rural Lincolnshire for more than 20 years.

During the lunch break the former Archbishop was interviewed by some schoolchildren.

With thanks to Richard Steel for this report.