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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 2010

Archbishop: Sudan more serious as days go by
7 October 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and The Archbishop of Sudan, Daniel Deng, have warned…

September 2010

Video message to mark UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals
20 September 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today issued a video message to mark the opening…

August 2010

The Archbishop's sermon for Opening Eucharist at the CAPA All Africa Bishops' Conference, Uganda
24 August 2010
The Archbishop delivered a sermon for Opening Eucharist at the 'Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa…

July 2010

Archbishop's homily given at the commissioning of two new Church Army Evangelists
14 July 2010
The Archbishop admitted and commissioned Jill Hancock and Phil Morrow into the Office of Evangelist.…

June 2010

Young Anglican leaders discuss mission with Archbishop
9 June 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury met the Anglican Communion delegation that attended the Edinburgh 2010 World…

Archbishop on The Bible in the Life of the Church Project
4 June 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is delighted to announce the Bible in the Life of the…

May 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury's Pentecost letter to the Anglican Communion
28 May 2010
In his Pentecost letter to the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury encourages Anglicans…

Archbishop awards Lambeth Diplomas
20 May 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, awarded Lambeth Diplomas to Elisabeth Brewitt-Taylor,…

Melanesian Archbishop joins Ascension service
13 May 2010
The Archbishop and Primate of Melanesia, the Most Revd David Vunagi, concelebrated and preached at an…

February 2010

Archbishop in West Bank and Gaza
24 February 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, accompanied by the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Dr Suheil…

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