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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 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury on dealing with ISIS and jihadism
15 October 2014
Writing in Prospect magazine today, Archbishop Justin Welby says while force against jihadists may be…

Message to the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission
15 October 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby's message to the Third Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission, which…

Archbishop Justin's sermon at Armagh Cathedral
3 October 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury preached at Choral Evensong at St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, on Thursday…

Archbishop of Canterbury visits the Church of Ireland
2 October 2014
Reconciliation "remains constantly in our prayers" says Archbishop on first day of visit to Belfast,…

September 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury statement on Scotland referendum result
19 September 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has issued a statement after the Scottish people voted to remain…

'This cross is for all of us' - Archbishop Justin's sermon at Bristol Cathedral
17 September 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury preached this Holy Cross Day sermon at Bristol Cathedral on Sunday during…

Archbishop of Canterbury pays tribute to Ian Paisley
12 September 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby has paid tribute to Dr Ian Paisley, who died today.

August 2014

IRAQ: Pray. Act. Give.
29 August 2014
Find out what the Church of England is doing to support all those suffering in Iraq - and how you can…

'We must be Christ in this troubled world' - sermon
15 August 2014
Preaching at the Holy Sepulchre Maori Mission Church in Auckland, Archbishop Justin Welby reflected on…

Archbishops of Canterbury and Melbourne joint statement on Iraq
14 August 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop Philip Freier made a joint statement on the crisis in northern…

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