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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: 

February 2014

Archbishop Justin in DR Congo: 'We pray for lasting peace'
3 February 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo today for a two-day visit to…

Archbishop Justin in Rwanda: ‘We must encourage vital work of reconciliation’
1 February 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrived in Rwanda this evening saying the country had come…

January 2014

Archbishop Justin visits South Sudan, joins call for reconciliation
30 January 2014
Archbishop says South Sudanese Church 'sets an example' in calling together for unity, peace and reconciliation…

Archbishop welcomes religious leaders from Central African Republic
28 January 2014
Archbishop Justin hails religious delegation’s ‘friendship and cooperation’ against backdrop of…

Church's future is one of 'joy and hope' says Archbishop
27 January 2014
In this sermon, preached yesterday at St Mary Magdalene Church on the royal estate in Sandringham in…

Archbishop to visit South Sudan and Great Lakes
27 January 2014
Archbishop Justin will spend five days in the region as part of his plan to visit all his fellow Archbishops…

Archbishop appoints US priest as Canterbury preacher
16 January 2014
Archbishop Justin hopes the Revd Dr Tory Baucum's presence as one of Canterbury Cathedral's Six Preachers…

Archbishop urges prayers as violence mounts in South Sudan
6 January 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged the Anglican Communion to pray and advocate for an end to the…

December 2013

Archbishop joins peace plea to South Sudan leaders
21 December 2013
The Archbishop of Canterbury tonight joined an appeal to leaders in South Sudan to lay down their weapons…

Archbishop pays tribute to Nelson Mandela
9 December 2013
Mandela ‘melted courage into forgiveness’ to create ‘the gold of reconciliation’, says the Archbishop…

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