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Day-to-day work of the Anglican Communion

Alongside his formal roles within the Instruments of Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury is presented with countless opportunities for strengthening the life of the Communion. These include the encouragement of timely initiatives, such the Primates theological education working group, TEAC (Theological Education in the Anglican Communion). They also involve harnessing support for Provinces in particular need, such as through his Anglican Communion Fund and his international development initiative (more on Anglicans in Development). This dimension of the Archbishop's role also lies behind the emphasis on equipping bishops for leadership in mission at the Lambeth Conference.

Archbishop in Googainallur, Diocese of Vellore, South India, October 2010Visits of the Archbishop of Canterbury within the Communion symbolise its interdependent life. Since 2003, visits to churches in the Anglican Communion and meetings with their leaders have taken place in locations including West Africa, Melanesia, Burundi, Pakistan, Brazil, Sudan, Canada, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Angola, Egypt, the USA, Malaysia, Jamaica, Japan, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Uganda and India. In his ministry across the Anglican Communion the Archbishop is supported by a dedicated staff at Lambeth Palace alongside the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion and his staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London.

Recent items relating to Mission, Theological Education, Unity, Faith & Order, Anglican Observer at the UN, local Provincial concerns and the Archbishop's Overseas Provincial Visits are shown below:

June 2008

Interview with Radio 4 'Sunday Programme' on Zimbabwe
1 June 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams spoke to Radio 4's 'Sunday Programme' about reports of…

May 2008

Archbishops call on UN for mediation and protection in Zimbabwe
29 May 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Cape Town yesterday spoke to Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary…

Archbishop of Canterbury awards Lambeth Degrees
20 May 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to award ten Lambeth Degrees this summer.

Archbishop presents Diploma and MA degrees
15 May 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has this afternoon presented two Lambeth Diplomas and…

April 2008

Video: Archbishop - Pray for Zimbabwe
24 April 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, after giving joint interviews with the Archbishop of…

January 2008

Statement on Zimbabwe
14 January 2008
Lambeth Palace's statement in response to reports that some Anglican church services in Harare have been…

November 2007

Best Wishes for Korea Peace Conference
9 November 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury has held discussions with the Rt Revd Dr Robin Eames, former Archbishop…

October 2007

Archbishops' Slavery Film Shares Top Media Prize
12 October 2007
A film showing the shaken reactions of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on seeing the site of a…

September 2007

Archbishop Launches New Research Degrees
11 September 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has announced a new higher degree programme as an expansion…

August 2007

Tribute to Former Archbishop of Wales
13 August 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury paid tribute to the former Archbishop of Wales, the Right Rev Alwyn Rice…

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