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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:

August 2009

Archbishop's letter to Primate of Nigeria
5 August 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has written to the Primate of Nigeria, offering prayers…

July 2009

Communion, Covenant and our Anglican Future
27 July 2009
Reflections on the Episcopal Church's 2009 General Convention from the Archbishop of Canterbury for the…

Archbishop of Canterbury Awards Lambeth Degrees
21 July 2009
This afternoon the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, awarded Lambeth Degrees to the Rt Revd…

Archbishop to visit Japan
15 July 2009
As part the150th anniversary celebrations of the Anglican Church in Japan, the Archbishop of Canterbury…

Sermon preached during a Eucharist at the General Convention
9 July 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury preached during a service at the General Convention of The Episcopal Church,…

June 2009

God's Mission and Ours in the 21st century
9 June 2009
An address by the Archbishop of Canterbury to a meeting of the Intercontinental Church Society at Lambeth…

Archbishop awards twenty first 'Lambeth MA in Theology' degree
2 June 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today awarded the twenty first 'Lambeth MA in Theology'…

May 2009

Archbishop's Presidential Address to the 14th Meeting of the ACC
11 May 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury reflects on the achievements of the ACC meeting.

Sermon of Dedication of the New Church of St John
10 May 2009
The Archbishoph preached at a service held at the Church of St John, Vere, Clarendon, Jamaica.

Photos from the Archbishop's Courtesy Call to the Jamaican Prime Minister, The Honourable Orette Bruce Golding, MP
8 May 2009
Some photos from the Archbishop's Courtesy Call to the Jamaican Prime Minister, The Honourable Orette…

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