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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: 

July 2014

Archbishop prays for end to violence in Holy Land
11 July 2014
Archbishop of Canterbury calls for an end to the current violence in Gaza and Israel, urging all sides…

Follow Jesus in prayer, Archbishop tells Anglicans in Mauritius
7 July 2014
Archbishop urges focus on prayer, reconciliation and evangelism as he concludes visit to Anglican primates…

'No renewal of the Church without renewal of prayer' - Archbishop in South Africa
4 July 2014
In an address to the Anglicans Ablaze conference in Brynston yesterday, Archbishop Justin spoke of the…

June 2014

Archbishop begins visit to Anglican primates in central and southern Africa
30 June 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury arrives in Zambia for week of visits to Anglican primates in central and…

'Thanksgiving and repentance' - Archbishop on the first black Anglican bishop
29 June 2014
Archbishop's sermon at Canterbury Cathedral service today marking the 150th anniversary of the first…

Archbishop addresses National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast
17 June 2014
Speaking in Westminster today the Archbishop said the global 21st century church must - as Pope Francis…

Archbishop welcomes Omani Minister to Lambeth Palace
13 June 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby met with the Omani Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs, His Excellency…

Great Lakes Archbishops welcomed to Lambeth Palace
13 June 2014
Archbishops pray for progress in Great Lakes peace initiative

Archbishop's remarks at the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict summit
13 June 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby spoke at a ministerial dialogue on 'The Role of Faith Communities in Preventing…

We must pray for Nigeria, says Archbishop
6 June 2014
Prayer must come first, but we must also support the Nigerian government and keep up visibility of the…

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