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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:

October 2006

Archbishop's China Itinerary - Further Details
6 October 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams is to begin a two-week visit to China this weekend (8th…

September 2006

Prayer for Darfur
15 September 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury has joined other faith leaders in expressing renewed concern for Darfur…

August 2006

Archbishop to Visit China
1 August 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has announced today that he is to visit China this autumn.…

July 2006

Message of Sympathy for Mumbai Victims
14 July 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has today sent a message of sympathy for victims of the…

June 2006

The Challenge and Hope of Being an Anglican Today: A Reflection for the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful of the Anglican Communion
27 June 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has today set out his thinking on the future of the Anglican…

Coekin Appeal Allowed
5 June 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury has today allowed an appeal by the Revd Richard Coekin against the summary…

May 2006

Tribute to Retiring Archbishop, Robin Eames
9 May 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has said today that Archbishop Robin Eames, Archbishop…

April 2006

Sudan Shows Easter Message Not Getting Through
18 April 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has said today that the ongoing suffering in Darfur and…

The Church: God's Pilot Project
5 April 2006
This wide-ranging address on Church mission and values was given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr…

March 2006

The Guardian Interview
21 March 2006
Transcript of a wide-ranging interview given to Alan Rusbridger, for the Guardian newspaper. Topics covered…

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