The Ven Duncan Green, Archdeacon of Northolt, has been presented with The Langton Award for Community Service by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the annual Lambeth Awards.
Duncan was awarded the prize for his contribution to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as Church of England Olympics Executive Co-ordinator and while seconded to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) as their Faith Adviser and then their Head of Multi-Faith Services.
Duncan co-ordinated engagement with the nine major faiths and paved the way for the ecumenical initiative, More Than Gold, and the ministry of Christians in Sport. His work resulted in multi-faith chaplaincy being available for all the Olympic venues across the country and for the benefit of the games delivery staff and media centre. This was the first time that a comprehensive chaplaincy service had been provided beyond the Olympic village itself.
In addition, Duncan set up a network of Olympic co-ordinators in the dioceses of the Church of England and encouraged parishes and Churches Together groups to make the most of the opportunity to hold community events across the country.
The Lambeth Awards recognise outstanding service in different fields, including those of Archbishop Justin’s ministry priorities: prayer and the Religious life, reconciliation, and evangelism and witness. The medals awarded are made from Fairtrade silver by the London firm, Cred Jewellery. The Langton Awards is one of six new categories in the Lambeth Awards and Archdeacon Duncan was one of six to receive it, including Canon Sir Tony Baldry and Sir Hector Sants.
The Ven Duncan Green, Archdeacon of Northolt, said:
“I feel very privileged and honoured to have been given this award, l believe the chaplaincy team made a major impact during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and that there is a real legacy for sports chaplaincy and multi faith relationships.”