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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. 

February 2015

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…

Archbishop of Canterbury joins world faith leaders in pledge to end slavery
2 December 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby hails “profoundly significant” declaration by faith leaders to end modern…

Archbishop of Canterbury's address to the Global Freedom Network declaration
2 December 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby's address at the signing of the Joint Declaration Religious Leaders Against Modern…

November 2014

Archbishop sends message to Anglican anti-slavery meeting in Rome
3 November 2014
Tackling trafficking and modern slavery is "a huge and daunting challenge" - but one that must be faced,…

October 2014

Message to the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission
15 October 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby's message to the Third Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission, which…

September 2014

Anglican XI beat Vatican in historic cricket match
20 September 2014
Archbishop of Canterbury congratulates both sides after historic match to raise awareness of Anglican-Roman…

Archbishop's message to international ecumenical conference on Orthodox spirituality
3 September 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby sent this message to Prior Enzo and the Community of the Monastery of Bose, and…

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