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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: 

April 2014

Archbishop Justin's speech at the Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace conference
10 April 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury gave the following speech at Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace, a conference…

February 2014

African churches 'vital' in tackling climate change, says Archbishop
28 February 2014
Welcoming a delegation from the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) to…

Video: Looking Through the Cross - Graham Tomlin on the Archbishop's Lent Book
24 February 2014
The Revd Dr Graham Tomlin talks about his new book 'Looking Through the Cross', which is the Archbishop…

Father, make them one: Chemin Neuf community comes to Lambeth Palace
20 February 2014
In a joyful ceremony with guests from Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches, Archbishop Justin…

Archbishop Justin's Presidential address to General Synod
12 February 2014
In his presidential address to Synod today, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby spoke of the need…

Archbishop Justin visits project combating sexual violence in Goma
5 February 2014
Archbishop Justin hails 'wonderful example' of Anglican initiative which provides holistic care for victims…

‘You are God’s people of reconciliation’ – Archbishop preaches in South Sudan
5 February 2014
Preaching at All Saints Cathedral in Juba, South Sudan, last week during a six-day visit to Africa, the…

Archbishop Justin's sermon in Juba, South Sudan
5 February 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's sermon at All Saints Cathedral, Juba, South Sudan, Thursday…

South Sudan: Archbishop prays at site of murdered church workers in Bor
3 February 2014
Archbishop Justin prayed with Archbishop Daniel Deng at mass graves awaiting the burial of church-workers…

Special report: Archbishop visits South Sudan amid continuing crisis
3 February 2014
Visiting South Sudan last week, the Archbishop of Canterbury urged support for ‘the long and hard work’…

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