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Ecumenical Relationships

The Archbishop of Canterbury plays a lead role in nurturing Anglican relationships with other churches worldwide and at home.

This involves meeting with leaders of other churches, experiencing first hand the life and ministry of other churches and advancing ecumenical dialogue, theological reflection and co-operation in mission.

The Archbishop is supported in his ecumenical role by staff at Lambeth Palace, the Anglican Communion Office and the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity, together with Church of England bishops who specialise in particular ecumenical relationships.

He also has personal representatives ("apocrisiarioi") to Byzantine Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches, as well as to the Vatican. 

May 2015

Listen to Lyse Doucet’s interview with Archbishop Justin Welby
28 May 2015
The BBC’s Lyse Doucet, who has won a Sandford St Martin's award for religious broadcasting, interviewed…

Power of unity ‘impossible to exaggerate’, Archbishop tells Leadership Conference
5 May 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke and prayed at major conference for Christian…

April 2015

Archbishop visits Egypt to offer condolence for murdered Christians
20 April 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury has visited Egypt to offer condolence following the murder of 21 Coptic…

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ecumenical Easter Letter
4 April 2015
Text of Archbishop Justin Welby's Easter letter to partners and heads of other churches around the world.

March 2015

Young Christians invited to spend 'a year in God's time'
2 March 2015
Applications open for Christians aged 20-35 to spend a radical year in a monastic-inspired community…

February 2015

Archbishop hails ‘major step’ of flagship church credit union
11 February 2015
Archbishop of Canterbury and church leaders launch Churches Mutual Credit Union.

Archbishop receives Evangelical Lutheran Church in America delegation
2 February 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby received a delegation of church leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church…

January 2015

Archbishop commissions key members of Community of St Anselm
28 January 2015
Ecumenical congregation lays hands on new Prior and Community Director during service at Lambeth Palace.

Father, make us one! Join young Christians praying for Christian unity
16 January 2015
Chemin Neuf community launch video prayer project for Christian Unity Week – find out how you can get…

December 2014

Archbishop Justin's ecumenical Christmas greeting
23 December 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury has sent a Christmas message to ecumenical partners and heads of churches…

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