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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: 

October 2016

Lambeth Palace becomes 200th partner of the Community of the Cross of Nails
4 October 2016
Archbishop Justin was presented with a Cross of Nails today to mark Lambeth Palace becoming the 200th…

September 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury pays tribute to Shimon Peres
28 September 2016
In a statement on the death of former Israeli president Shimon Peres, the Archbishop of Canterbury said…

Archbishop welcomes Emir of Kano to Lambeth Palace
27 September 2016
Archbishop Justin Welby welcomed HRH The Emir of Kano to Lambeth Palace this morning.

Archbishops of Armagh and Canterbury welcome Belfast parades agreement
26 September 2016
The Archbishops have welcomed the agreement that ends the parading stand-off in North Belfast.

Archbishop welcomes Nigeria’s General Yakubu Gowon to Lambeth Palace
16 September 2016
The former head of state of Nigeria visited the Archbishop at Lambeth Palace during his visit to London.…

July 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Advisor for Reconciliation
27 July 2016
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has announced the appointment of Sarah Snyder as his new…

May 2016

Archbishop: 'St Ethelburga’s - a symbol and a place of reconciliation'
26 May 2016
Centre offers contribution to transforming conflict and disagreeing well, says Archbishop

Mine clearance at site of Christ’s baptism ‘a symbol of hope’
16 May 2016
Archbishop says clearance by HaloTrust will help communities overcome divisions

March 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury appoints new Chief of Staff and Strategy
9 March 2016
Canon David Porter will take up the new role at Lambeth Palace in early May.

Archbishop of Canterbury visits refugee camp in Rwanda
8 March 2016
The Archbishop of Canterbury visited a refugee camp in Rwanda on Sunday, after a three-day visit to Burundi…

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