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Rowan Williams becomes new chair of Christian Aid

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Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will soon take on new responsibilities as the chair of the board of trustees of Christian Aid, an organization based in London, England that helps poor and underprivileged people all over the world.

According to a Christian Today article published on Thursday, April 25, "[Williams] said he was 'delighted' to be a part of the development agency's work.

"... 'While we're not in the business of violent revolution, or the expectation of overnight change we have to go on saying change is possible,' [Williams said.] 'We've seen it happen, we can make it happen and with the grace of God we go on with a commitment to making it happen.

"Christian Aid has a major role to play in this with its fight against the systems and structures that force people to live in poverty. It is essential that the organization retains its radical agenda for bringing about change.

"We are in Christian Aid because we're not prepared to sit down quietly under a system that seems unjust, that seems radically to push people out of the way for the sake of profit."

Christian Aid tackles causes ranging from gender equality to HIV awareness. The organization and their partners work to feed the hungry, prevent diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, and take on other causes such as marching for social justice in India.

According to Wikipedia, "Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency of the 40 British and Irish churches and works to support sustainable development, alleviate poverty, support civil society and provide disaster relief in South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

"... Christian Aid's essential belief is summed up in the statement 'We believe in life before death', often used alongside the Christian Aid logo. Christian Aid states it works where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, nationality or race. ... It works with 570 local partner organizations in 45 countries around the world to help the world's poorest communities."

Every May, Christian Aid organizes the United Kingdom's largest door-to-door collection, Christian Aid Week to help fight hunger. Williams will officially start his new position on May 1, just in time for the event that starts on May 12.

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