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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: 

August 2014

Archbishop in Melbourne: Church should pursue ‘positive holiness’
13 August 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby preaches at inauguration of new Archbishop of Melbourne during 10-day visit to…

Archbishop's sermon in Melbourne, Australia
13 August 2014
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's sermon at the inauguration of Philip Freier as Archbishop of…

Archbishop prays for Melanesian Brothers killed during peace work
11 August 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby dedicates memorial to martyred Brothers during short visit to the Church of Melanesia…

Iraq: Archbishop interviewed on Radio 4
11 August 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby gave an interview to Radio 4 yesterday about the atrocities in northern Iraq.…

Archbishop prays for reconciliation at WWI centenary event in Belgium
4 August 2014
The Archbishop joined Royal Family members and the Prime Minister at a solemn commemoration in Belgium…

WWI Centenary: Archbishop writes in the Sunday Express
4 August 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury wrote in the Sunday Express yesterday that "even in the deep darkness of…

WWI Centenary: Archbishop to attend national commemoration in Belgium today
4 August 2014
Archbishop of Canterbury will join senior politicians and Royal Family members at a national ceremony…

WWI centenary: Archbishop's Thought for the Day
4 August 2014
Archbishop Justin gave the Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning.

Archbishop welcomes Ghana’s Ashanti King to Lambeth Palace
1 August 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby welcomes the King of Ghana's Ashanti Kingdom to Lambeth Palace, hailing his visit…

July 2014

Statement from Archbishop Justin on Gaza
30 July 2014
Archbishop of Canterbury calls on leaders in Israel and Gaza to immediately end the violence, and urges…

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