It was 1975. Rowan Williams was then finishing his doctoral thesis. There was this depressed lady who sought pastoral help from Williams. She swallowed sleeping pills with whiskey right after she called a friend and asked her to “tell Rowan that it's not his fault”. The story is here.
The next few months seem like Rowan Williams' season. There are some publications featuring him.
Rowan's Rule: The Biography of the Archbishop by Rupert Shortt
The Theology of Rowan Williams: A Critical Introduction by Benjamin Myers
On Rowan Williams: Critical Essays by Matheson Russell (ed)
Rowan Williams on Scripture by John Webster in 'Scripture's Doctrine and Theology's Bible' by Markus Bockmuehl (ed) and Alan Torrance (ed)
Yesterday during a dinner meeting, a friend asked Michael Schluter, who was an Anglican, his opinion about Rowan Williams being the Archbishop of Canterbury. His reply is just one word: "Awful".
Well, no matter how awful Williams might be to some (not to me), we can't deny the fact that he deserves the attention of contemporary theologians, historians, and biographers. And rightly so for his insights and works in each of these fields.
So far, I've dipped into Shortt's earlier work and Mike Higton's excellent introduction to Williams' theology. I'm looking forward to learn more in the upcoming Rowan Williams' season.