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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: 

June 2015

Archbishop welcomes Grand Imam of Al-Azhar to Lambeth Palace
10 June 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby and Shaykh Dr Ahmad al-Tayyeb commit to 'build bridges of peace' on first day…

May 2015

Archbishop preaches at VE Day anniversary service
10 May 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby preached at the Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey marking the 70th…

April 2015

Archbishop of Canterbury's remarks at Brixton Prison
23 April 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby's remarks during the Prison Fellowship lunch today at The Clink restaurant, HM…

Archbishop opens nominations for 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize
10 April 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, today announced the opening of nominations for the 2016 Michael…

WATCH: Archbishop's interview with SAT-7
9 April 2015
In an interview with SAT-7, the Christian TV station based in the Middle East, Archbishop Justin spoke…

WATCH: Archbishop Justin's Holy Week lectures
5 April 2015
Archbishop Justin reflected on prayer, reconciliation and evangelism in three lectures at Canterbury…

March 2015

Archbishop Justin's Holy Week Lecture: The Cost of Reconciliation
31 March 2015
Read Archbishop Justin's second Holy Week Lecture: The Cost of Reconciliation. It was delivered at Canterbury…

Holy Week lectures at Canterbury Cathedral
25 March 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury will reflect on prayer, reconciliation and evangelism in three lectures…

Archbishop urges Northern Ireland 'keep going' on reconciliation
18 March 2015
Northern Ireland is "symbol of hope" for the world, says Archbishop on historic St Patrick's Day visit.…

Archbishop welcomes faith leaders to Lambeth Palace
11 March 2015
Archbishop of Canterbury speaks on peacemaking and reconciliation at annual reception for faith groups…

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