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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: 

March 2016

Archbishop begins three-day visit to Burundi
4 March 2016
Archbishop Justin is visiting Burundi to show solidarity with Anglicans and pray for peace and reconciliation…

Archbishop recommissions President of Mothers’ Union
2 March 2016
"I praise God for you and what you do," Archbishop Justin tells Mothers' Union during service at Lambeth…

February 2016

Archbishop announces shortlist for 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize
22 February 2016
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize,…

November 2015

Archbishop preaches at 50th anniversary of Corymeela Community
2 November 2015
Jesus calls us "irrevocably" to the task of reconciliation, said Archbishop Justin during celebration…

October 2015

Archbishop preaches at Virginia Theological Seminary
13 October 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby preached at the consecration of Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary…

September 2015

'Disagreeing well on Europe': Church launches new EU website
1 September 2015
Archbishop writes first post on new website seeking ‘new ways of disagreeing well on Europe’.

August 2015

Archbishop of Canterbury on VJ Day
16 August 2015
Archbishop praises the 'ongoing project of reconciliation' in message to Canterbury Cathedral service…

July 2015

Archbishop Justin: 'Jesus calls us to live in hope'
29 July 2015
Christians are called to live in hope not fear, the Archbishop of Canterbury said in this talk at HTB…

Archbishop calls for peace as South Sudan marks fourth anniversary
9 July 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby said today "our prayers around the world" are for an end to violence in South…

June 2015

'You give hope' - Archbishop visits addiction recovery centre
20 June 2015
Archbishop of Canterbury praises Stevenage addiction recovery service that "stands in the place of Jesus".

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