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Reconciliation

“Reconciliation doesn’t mean we all agree. It means we find ways of disagreeing – perhaps very passionately – but loving each other deeply at the same time, and being deeply committed to each other. That’s the challenge for the church if we are actually going to speak to our society, which is increasingly divided in many different ways.” Archbishop Justin Welby

Reconciliation is about our relationships - with God and with each other. It involves people, communities and nations learning to live together with deeply-held differences – in a spirit of love and respect. It is to work for justice and seek truth in the light of God’s mercy and peace. For Christians this is not optional: it’s the very heart of the gospel. As we are reconciled in Jesus we now share this gift of God with each other and the whole human family.

Reconciliation transforms how we live with the inevitable conflict life brings, while itself bringing us into conflict with all that excludes and diminishes people and communities. On the journey of reconciliation enemies become friends and hope replaces despair.

Archbishop Justin’s ministry of reconciliation is focused in three areas:

- helping strengthen relationships in the Church of England and enhancing our capacity to transform conflicts involving deeply-held differences

engaging with the Anglican Communion to encourage new approaches to renewing relationships and our commitment to shared life and witness.

exploring how Anglicans understand and practice reconciliation so we can better help transform conflict and end violence between communities and among peoples where we find it around the world.

Read more about Archbishop Justin's priority of reconciliation: 

June 2014

Archbishop prays with Nigerian president
4 June 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby made a last minute visit to Nigeria today to offer his heartfelt…

Archbishop urges United Church leaders in India: ‘Be ambassadors of reconciliation’
3 June 2014
Reconciliation is "the only way" to tackle social issues, says Archbishop during visit to United Church…

May 2014

Archbishop praises 'inspirational' Great Lakes peace initiative
19 May 2014
Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Vincent met last week with delegates from a church-led campaign striving…

Archbishop writes on Boko Haram in the Church Times
16 May 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury describes the challenges involved in tackling Nigerian Islamist militant…

South Sudan: Church is 'leading the struggle against violence' - video
15 May 2014
The church in South Sudan is 'leading the struggle against violence' says Archbishop Justin Welby in…

Archbishop speaks to Radio 4 about situation in Nigeria
12 May 2014
Archbishop Justin gave an interview to Radio 4's The World This Weekend on Sunday about the kidnap of…

'Peacemaking is a gospel imperative' - an interview with Tory Baucum [transcript]
9 May 2014
Read a transcript of an interview with the Revd Dr Tory Baucum on peacemaking and reconciliation

'Peacemaking is a gospel imperative' - an interview with Tory Baucum
9 May 2014
The Revd Dr Tory Baucum, who was installed as one of Canterbury Cathedral's Six Preachers in March, speaks…

April 2014

A special message for Christian Aid Week 2014 - video
29 April 2014
The Archbishop sends a message to everyone taking part in Christian Aid Week - which this year focuses…

Archbishop Justin's Ecumenical Easter letter
19 April 2014
"I pray that our Christian hope and the joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ will heal relationships…

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