The Most Reverend Justin Welby is to be honoured for his outstanding contribution to society and for speaking out against social injustices, both at home and on an international platform.
LJMU and the University of Liverpool will each recognise the Archbishop of Canterbury on Monday 20 July 2015 – LJMU with an Honorary Fellowship and the University of Liverpool with an honorary degree.
The Archbishop will deliver one of LJMU’s acclaimed Roscoe lectures, entitled Belief and Non-belief: Learning to Live Together, Respectfully and with Tolerance, in a public event at St George’s Hall, which will begin with the conferment of an Honorary Fellowship.
Earlier in the day, the University of Liverpool will award the Archbishop an Honorary Doctor of Laws during their graduation ceremonies at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall.
LJMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill said:
"The Archbishop is renowned for supporting people and communities and has spoken out about current issues which he feels are detrimental to society and, in particular, the poorest members of society. He has a unique understanding of the world and, as the principal leader of the Church of England, he has aimed to make a positive impact in the UK and worldwide. I am delighted that we will welcome such an inspirational individual to the University Fellowship.”
University of Liverpool Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer, said:
“In his two years as Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby has had a remarkable impact. Under his leadership, the Anglican Communion has been an important voice in the debate on fairness and social justice. He speaks for the poor, the disadvantaged and the marginalised in our society in a way that is both wholly contemporary and resonates with the historic mission of faith communities through the ages. We are proud to award him an honorary degree.”
Further information about the Archbishop's Roscoe lecture will be published on the LJMU Events listing soon.