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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 2007

Time Magazine Interview
18 June 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury is on the front cover of the European and African editions of Time Magazine.…

May 2007

Christianity: Public Religion and the Common Good
12 May 2007
The following lecture was given by the Archbishop at St Andrew's Cathedral in Singapore.

Christians Should Stand for Hope in Conflict
8 May 2007
Christian communities in the middle of conflict need to stand for hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation,…

Project is True Ray of Hope in Malaysia
6 May 2007
A church project in Malaysia has been described as 'the work of the Gospel' by the Archbishop of Canterbury,…

Bishops Need Stillness
5 May 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that Bishops need to make time for stillness and silence if they…

Archbishop to Visit Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore
3 May 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams is to spend four days in Sri Lanka next week as part…

April 2007

Archbishop to Visit U.S. Church
16 April 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has announced that he intends to visit the United States…

Archbishop in Canada - Church Needs to Listen Properly to the Bible
16 April 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has told an audience of theological students that both…

Press Conference With Church of Canada
16 April 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury made the following responses to questions asked during a press conference…

Archbishop's Visit to Canada
12 April 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams will be paying a short visit to Canada next week at the…

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