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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: 

December 2013

'His example challenges us all' - Archbishop Justin on the life of Nelson Mandela
6 December 2013
The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke of Nelson Mandela’s ‘incredible gift of generosity and forgiveness'…

Archbishops support Great Lakes peace campaign
1 December 2013
Archbishops Justin Welby and Vincent Nichols send prayers as church leaders in the troubled African sub-region…

November 2013

Archbishop visits Korea with message of church unity
4 November 2013
The 'living presence of Jesus' sets the direction of the church, said Archbishop Justin

Archbishop in Korea: unity is found in Christ
1 November 2013
Christians ‘belong to each other inescapably’ because they are part of the body of Christ, the Archbishop…

Loving each other in diversity: Archbishop speaks to Vatican Radio
1 November 2013
The Archbishop spoke to Vatican Radio about his belief that, despite our increasingly diverse world,…

October 2013

'God is a God of justice': Archbishop Justin preaches in Reykjavik
25 October 2013
In a sermon delivered at the Porvoo Primates' Meeting in Iceland, Archbishop Justin warned the Church…

August 2013

Reconciliation is our 'gift to the world': Archbishop preaches in Guatemala
12 August 2013
In this sermon, the Archbishop says reconciliation is 'the gift' which the church gives to the world.…

July 2013

Archbishops pledge solidarity with Christians in Egypt
11 July 2013
Following fresh turmoil in Egypt, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have sent a message of 'committed…

'There is a revolution': Archbishop Justin's address to Synod
5 July 2013
In his first presidential address to Synod, Archbishop Justin said "we live in a time of revolutions".…

June 2013

'A new bond' between Archbishop Justin and Christians in the Holy Land
29 June 2013
Palestinian church leaders prayed for Archbishop Justin yesterday when he visited the Church of the Holy…

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