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Ecumenical Relationships

Archbishop and Pope Benedict XVIThe Archbishop of Canterbury plays a lead role in nurturing Anglican relationships with other churches worldwide and at home. This involves regular meetings with leaders of other churches, experiencing first hand the life and ministry of other churches and advancing ecumenical dialogue, theological reflection and co-operation in mission.

The Archbishop is supported in his ecumenical role by staff at Lambeth Palace, the Anglican Communion Office and the Church of England Council for Christian Unity, together with Church of England bishops who specialise in particular ecumenical relationships. He also has personal representatives ("apocrisiarioi") to Byzantine Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches, as well as to the Vatican. 

Recent items relating to Ecumenical Relationships are shown below:

January 2008

Archbishop's Sermon at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
27 January 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams gave a sermon at Vespers to mark the centenary of the…

Archbishop to visit Liverpool
24 January 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to visit Liverpool this weekend. During his visit…

A Hundred Years on from the Establishing of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, How Much Further Forward are We?
18 January 2008
An article by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, published in The Tablet.

December 2007

Archbishop Names New Representative to the Holy See
10 December 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and the governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome are…

November 2007

Church Leaders - A Climate Treaty for Climate Justice
30 November 2007
European church leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, have warned governments…

Greetings to the 9th General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches
27 November 2007
A message of support from the Archbishop for delegates attending the General Assembly of MECC in Paphos,…

October 2007

Sermon at Evensong to Celebrate the Tercentenary of the Birth of Charles Wesley
2 October 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivered the following sermon at Westminster Abbey.

September 2007

Atrocities 'Disgrace of Twentieth Century'
25 September 2007
In Armenia, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that genocide and violence targeted…

Archbishop to Visit Armenia, Syria and Lebanon
18 September 2007
Following on from his visit to the United States the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams will…

August 2007

Sorrow at Death of Patriarch Teoctist
3 August 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Romania expressing…

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