Solidarity emerges as a distinctive theme in 20th century Catholic social thought, absorbing a number of earlier formulations. The prominence of the term in Polish politics of the 1980s helped to reinforce its significance and it continues to be a focal idea. This lecture traces some of the developments in its use and the definitions it has received in official teaching.
This year the Bampton Lectures will be given by the Rt Revd Dr Rowan Williams PC, FBA, FRSL, FLSW. A former Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of Wales, Rowan Williams has written extensively on faith in the public square. In these lectures, Dr Williams will return to the theme of solidarity, exploring its roots in Catholic Social Thought and exploring how a solidarity-shaped ethic might serve to address some of the issues at the heart of our public life.
The lectures will take place on Tuesday 27 February and Tuesday 5 March 2024. For graduate students, there will be an additional seminar to discuss the themes of the lectures. Further details are available from the Faculty of Theology and Religion.