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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 2009

Mugabe has ruined Africa's beacon of hope
25 February 2009
Churches in Zimbabwe are working to feed and heal a nation abandoned by its leaders. A joint article…

Primates Meeting begins with celebration in Egypt
2 February 2009
The first day of the Primates Meeting in Alexandria has ended with the dedication of St. Mark's pro-Cathedral…

January 2009

How does God reveal himself? A Christian Perspective
29 January 2009
Lecture given by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the World Islamic Call Society Campus, Tripoli, Libya.

Archbishop's Libya visit in pictures
28 January 2009
As part of a visit to North Africa, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd & Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams…

Archbishop's visit to North Africa
28 January 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will visit North Africa from Wednesday 28th January…

November 2008

Archbishop's letter to Moderators of the Churches of North India and South India
14 November 2008
The Archbishop wrote earlier this week to the Moderators of the Church of North India and the Church…

September 2008

Archbishop calls for greater co-operation to meet MDGs
24 September 2008
On the eve of the United Nations General Assembly meeting on Millennium Development Goals in New York,…

August 2008

Press reports on the Archbishop's correspondence
8 August 2008
In response to the recent coverage of the correspondence dated back to 2000, The Archbishop Canterbury…

Final press conference at the Lambeth Conference
3 August 2008
A press conference with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, held on Sunday August 3rd 2008…

July 2008

Archbishop of Canterbury awards Lambeth Degrees
1 July 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, will today preside over a Lambeth Degree award ceremony…

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