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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:

February 2006

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Memorial, Poland - Archbishop's Speech
4 February 2006
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor, was imprisoned and executed for his opposition to the…

Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Archbishop's Speech to the International Bonhoeffer Congress, Poland
3 February 2006
In his opening address to the International Bonhoeffer Congress in Poland, the Archbishop discusses the…

January 2006

Archbishop to visit Germany and Poland
27 January 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to visit Germany and Poland next week (31st Jan -…

October 2005

Sermon at Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway
9 October 2005
A sermon given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

July 2005

Archbishop - Education crucial to Africa
20 July 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has urged the development of university education in…

June 2005

Faith leaders G8 appeal to Prime Minister
29 June 2005
Senior religious leaders from three faiths - Christianity, Judaism and Islam - have come together to…

London Forum on G8 - 'action on poverty needed now'
29 June 2005
A group of UK and US church leaders has called for decisive action and firm commitment on poverty from…

May 2005

'The Mission for L'Arche Today' - Address at L'Arche International Federation Meeting
29 May 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivers an address at the L'Arche International Federation…

Archbishop's new Chaplain and Ecumenical Officer
17 May 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has appointed the Revd Jonathan Goodall as his Chaplain…

The Archbishop on Sergei Hackel
1 May 2005
A short text written in 2005 in appreciation of Father Sergei Hackel, of the Russian Orthodox Church,…

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