from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Runcie, Robert Alexander Kennedy 1921-2000. British prelate and archbishop of Canterbury (1980-1991).


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  • The applicants were believed to have included James Runcie, director of the Bath Literature Festival, and Alex Clark, until recently editor of Granta magazine.

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  • His central contention is that the sense of a society underpinned by mutual responsibility – the essence of Beveridge – has been in decline for decades certainly since his predecessor Robert Runcie tackled Mrs Thatcher about it 30 years ago and is now on the point of collapse.

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  • Moreton shows that while he could be indecisive, and wore his faith lightly, Runcie made his church, in the absence of an effective parliamentary challenge to the divisive policies of Margaret Thatcher, into the official opposition, an unprecedented role for an institution set up to buttress the status quo and one often labelled until that point "the Tory party at prayer".

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  • The popular stereotype of Runcie, not helped by his Spitting Image puppet, was as weak, vacillating and none-too-religious.

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  • History will judge Runcie kindly as a visionary and the precursor of the social democratic agenda of New Labour – particularly when it looks at his "Faith in the City" initiative, labelled Marxist by Thatcher's cabinet, but in reality an attempt to reach the lost generation condemned by their government to long-term unemployment.

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  • After the children have settled in, a series of breathing, diction, and voice warm-ups follow along with ensemble exercises which include theatre games that according to Runcie, help maintain a sense of trust within the group.

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  • The Lambeth MA in Theology by Thesis was inaugurated in 1990 by Archbishop Runcie at the request of the Lambeth Diploma committee in order to provide for the possibility of theological study at a more advanced level than the existing Diploma.

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  • The pope and the cardinal asked Runcie to explain the reasoning that had led certain parts of the Anglican communion to ordain women to the ministerial priesthood.

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  • Archbishop Runcie and those whom he represented believed that contemporary human insights into gender roles trumped apostolic tradition and necessitated a development of both doctrine and practice.

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  • Runcie replied in largely sociological rather than theological terms, citing women's changing roles in business, culture, and politics.

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