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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:

February 2007

Fresh Expressions: 'the Life Blood of Who We Are' - General Synod February 2007
27 February 2007
In an introduction to a presentation on the Fresh Expressions initiative at the Church of England's General…

Why the Anglican Communion Matters
23 February 2007
The following article appeared in the Daily Telegraph on Friday 23rd February, 2007. It followed on from…

Archbishop Hails Tanzania's 'Impressive Progress'
16 February 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has paid tribute to the progress made in Tanzania since…

'Amazing Grace' - sermon at Zanzibar Cathedral
7 February 2007
A sermon given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at a service in Christ Church Cathedral…

November 2006

Church Army Sermon
9 November 2006
The following is the text of the sermon given by the Archbishop at the Commissioning Service of Mark…

October 2006

Sunday Schools Change and Death Penalty Concession Amongst 'Signs of Hope' for China
24 October 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken of his encouragement at the changing context of church life in…

China - Press Conference, British Ambassadors' Residence, Beijing
24 October 2006
A transcript of the Archbishop's remarks and responses to questions asked at a press conference to mark…

China - The Principles of Service: a Sermon Preached at Chaoyang Church, Beijing
22 October 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, gave the following sermon at Chaoyang Church in Beijing…

China - Universities Have 'Essential Role' in Public Life
13 October 2006
Universities fulfil an essential role and responsibility in building up a healthy society, the Archbishop…

China - Sermon at the Mu En Church
8 October 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, gave the following sermon at the Mu En Church in Shanghai,…

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