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“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 2015

Archbishop speaks with students about reconciliation
10 March 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby visits CofE secondary school in south London to speak about the Christian understanding…

February 2015

Create communities of beauty, Archbishop urges faith groups
24 February 2015
Archbishop calls for communities that 'recognise the divine' during faith anti-poverty conference in…

Archbishop of Canterbury attends Dresden bombing commemorations
16 February 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby spoke of reconciliation during a three-day visit to the German city destroyed…

Archbishop's sermon at the Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany
15 February 2015
Sermon preached by Archbishop Justin Welby at the Frauenkirche today, during a visit to Dresden to commemorate…

Archbishop Justin's reflections on Dresden
14 February 2015
Writing on his blog from Dresden, Archbishop Justin expresses sadness at a Daily Mail headline suggesting…

Archbishop's speech on 70th anniversary of Dresden bombing
13 February 2015
Speech given by Archbishop Justin Welby at the Frauenkirche in Dresden today, during a service to commemorate…

Faith communities 'essential' for ending sexual violence in war, says Archbishop
9 February 2015
Read Archbishop Justin Welby's keynote speech at the Mobilising Faith Communities in Ending Sexual Violence…

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2015: In God’s Hands by Desmond Tutu
4 February 2015
Read Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s book In God’s Hands this Lent. Also explore online resources from…

January 2015

Archbishop visits New York to speak on economic inequality
22 January 2015
Watch Archbishop Justin ringing the Bell of Hope in NYC for terror victims in France and Nigeria

Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message
1 January 2015
Transcript of the Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message, filmed at the National Memorial Arboretum…

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