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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:

March 2011

Archbishop's Lent letter 2011
12 March 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has written a Lent letter addressed to the Primates…

Archbishop's prayers for the people of Japan
11 March 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has sent a message of condolence to the Anglican Archbishop…

Archbishops attend Regeneration Youth Summit in Sheffield
4 March 2011
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York attended the Regeneration Youth Summit in Sheffield, which saw…

February 2011

Archbishop's prayers in aftermath of New Zealand earthquake
23 February 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has written to the Bishop of Christchurch, the Rt Revd…

November 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Awards Lambeth Degrees
9 November 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, today awarded Lambeth Degrees to the Revd Dr John Harris…

October 2010

The Hindu interview: Dialogue for me is recognition of the serious
18 October 2010
The hour-long interview was given to P. Jacob, Senior Associate Editor of The Hindu, at the CSI Centre…

Archbishop's Chevening Lecture at the British Council, New Delhi
15 October 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams today gave the Chevening lecture in New Delhi.

Archbishop's sermon at All Saints Cathedral, Nagpur - CNI 40th Anniversary Celebration Service
14 October 2010
In a service to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Church of North India (CNI), the Archbishop of…

Archbishop's MDG sermon at Kolkota Cathedral
10 October 2010
On the first Sunday of his visit to India, the Archbishop of Canterbury preached at a service of thanksgiving…

Archbishop's visit to India
8 October 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will embark on a 16 day visit to India from 9th to 24th…

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