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People like Rowan Williams, who is the former Archbishop of Canterbury, seem to be very interested in druidry because druidry allows them to re-enact the Middle Ages of knights and courts. It also allows them a break from the white bread and hot dog simple explanations of christianity.
You should be careful what you give credence to, The Right. Rev. Rowan Wiliams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, was inducted into the highest rank of the (Welsh) Gorsedd of Bards. Up until 2012 the Gorsedd had three ranks so to speak, however, since 2012 they no longer apply a ranking as such to their respective bards, ovates and druids. In terms of the Gorsedd, and up until 2012, the title of druid was simply a recognition of achievement and merit within the organisation. The Gorsedd itself is involved with cultural activities, Welsh language poetry, music and the arts. Their opening ceremonies are Christian in nature, they do not consider themselves to be a religious organisation and quite frankly have little or nothing to do with neo-paganism whatsoever.
You need to bear in mind, or perhaps find out about, the various druid organisations, gorseths and Celtic cultural movements in existence. Although there may be some overlapping in terms of symbolism and terminology, they have very different functions, objectives and outlooks.
At the time he was inducted, some sections of the press and some groups started going on about paganism, much, I believe, to the annoyance of The Rt. Rev. Archbishop Williams himself.