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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 2010

Archbishop in Jerusalem
23 February 2010
On 22 February, the third day of his visit to the Holy Land, the Archbishop of Canterbury was received…

Archbishop in Jordan
22 February 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and the Bishop in Jerusalem, the Rt Reverend Suheil…

Archbishop's visit to the Holy Land
19 February 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will embark on a four day visit to Jordan, Israel and…

Confidence in the Bible - General Synod debate, February 2010
12 February 2010
General Synod, London. In his contribution to this debate, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams,…

Mission-shaped Church: Report from the Mission and Public Affairs Council
9 February 2010
A contribution from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at the General Synod, London. In…

Our vital contribution in Zimbabwe - Guardian article
8 February 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, wrote a…

January 2010

Visit to New York
31 January 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, was a keynote participant at Trinity Institute's 40th…

Archbishop of Canterbury meets UN Secretary General
27 January 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams spent 45 minutes with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki…

Archbishops' urgent plea for Sudan
11 January 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, together with the Archbishop of Sudan, the Most Revd Daniel Deng visiting…

December 2009

Worshippers barred from churches on Christmas Day
27 December 2009
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have condemned the recent resurgence of police intimidation of…

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