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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: 

December 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas sermon
25 December 2014
Read the Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas sermon. The Archbishop was regrettably not able to deliver…

Archbishop Justin gives Radio 4's Thought for the Day
23 December 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury reflected on his recent visit to Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone in a Thought…

Archbishop’s House of Lords soft power debate – closing remarks
5 December 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury's closing remarks in the House of Lords debate which he led today on the…

Archbishop's House of Lords soft power debate - opening speech
5 December 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury's opening speech in the House of Lords debate he is leading today on the…

Love matters most in a crisis - a Christmas message for the Treasurer magazine
3 December 2014
Writing in the Treasurer magazine, Archbishop Justin reflects on his Anglican Communion tour and praises…

November 2014

Archbishop joins UK faith leaders in condemning Jerusalem synagogue attack
21 November 2014
In a joint letter published in The Times today, Archbishop Justin Welby, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and…

Reconciliation demands we stop 'holding back', says Archbishop Justin
18 November 2014
Archbishop of Canterbury praises new book aimed at inspiring Anglicans around the world to engage in…

Archbishop Justin's presidential address to the General Synod - video
17 November 2014
In his presidential address to the General Synod today, Archbishop Justin spoke about the issues faced…

'Reconciliation in action' - Archbishop of Canterbury on church schools
7 November 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby addressed a conference of church school leaders and Chairs of governing bodies…

Archbishop sends message to Anglican anti-slavery meeting in Rome
3 November 2014
Tackling trafficking and modern slavery is "a huge and daunting challenge" - but one that must be faced,…

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