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Archbishop Justin sends greetings to the 8th Meissen Theological Conference

Tuesday 11th February 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has sent greetings to the 8th Meissen Theological Conference, which starts in Germany today.

Archbishop Justin said that the Meissen Agreement, which was signed by the Church of England and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) in 1991, “continues to have its energy in the conviction that closer fellowship and greater unity are achievable”. The Meissen process, he said, had "made a significant contribution to the reconciliation process between our two nations and has enabled the establishment of a large number of vibrant partnerships and links between our churches”.

A Church of England Delegation is attending the 8th Meissen Theological Conference, which runs until Friday. The Delegation’s members include: the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, Co-Chair of the Meissen Commission; the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, Co-Chair of the Meissen Commission;  the Archbishop of Canterbury’s International Ecumenical Secretary and Council for Christian Unity’s European Secretary, Canon Leslie Nathaniel, Co-Secretary Meissen Commission; and the Archdeacon of Southwark, the Ven Dr Jane Steen.

Read Archbishop Justin’s greetings to the 8th Meissen Theological Conference below.

"I greet you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and send you the very best wishes for this 8th Theological Conference under the Meissen Agreement in Arnoldshain, Germany.

The Meissen process has a moving history. It has brought Anglicans in England and Christians in the Evangelical Church in Germany closer together; it has made a significant contribution to the reconciliation process between our two nations and has enabled the establishment of a large number of vibrant partnerships and links between our churches.

We have experienced ecumenical challenges, but have persevered, taking all the opportunities possible of sharing a common life and mission. The Meissen Agreement remains a model for other ecumenical agreements. It continues to have its energy in the conviction that closer fellowship and greater unity are achievable.

I am grateful for the Conference theme, Ecclesial Communion in the Service of Reconciliation. It will help strengthen our relationships, deepen the theological understanding rooted in the Meissen Agreement and make an important contribution to the discussions and reflections this year as we commemorate the beginning of World War I.

I wish this 8th Meissen Theological Conference every success and God’s blessings and guidance."

Read more about the Meissen Agreement here.

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