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Sustaining common life in the Anglican Communion

Anglican Communion logo - 'The truth will make you free' (John 8:32)A demanding aspect of the Archbishop's role as focus of unity is his capacity to encourage conversation and resolution where there is disagreement between different parts of the Communion. A central feature of this is currently the deep-rooted dispute over human sexuality and the appropriate limits of diversity within the Anglican Communion. This controversial area and its outworking through the 2004 Windsor Report have been very much to the fore over recent years. With a view to strengthening the ways in which the Communion's member churches relate to each other, the Archbishop has given strong support to the proposal (emerging from the Windsor Report) for an Anglican Covenant.  After much work and consideration across the Anglican Communion, the Anglican Consultative Council has now finalized the text and offered the Covenant for adoption to the member churches.

Alongside this, the Archbishop supports the Continuing Indaba project, a biblically-based and mission-focused project designed to develop and intensify relationships within the Anglican Communion by drawing on cultural models of consensus building for mutual creative action.  For more information on Continuing Indaba, see here.

Recent items relating to Anglican Covenant, Windsor Process and Continuing Indaba are shown below:

March 2012

Archbishop: why the Covenant matters
5 March 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, on why the Anglican Communion Covenant matters.

January 2012

Anglican Covenant - the Archbishop of Cape Town responds to Archbishop of Canterbury
10 January 2012
The Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba, has written to the Archbishop of Canterbury…

November 2011

Archbishop's Advent letter to Anglican Primates
30 November 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has sent the following Advent letter to the Primates…

March 2011

Archbishop's Lent letter 2011
12 March 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has written a Lent letter addressed to the Primates…

November 2010

Archbishop's Presidential Address - General Synod November 2010
23 November 2010
In his first Presidential Address to the new Synod, the Archbishop of Canterbury urges members to recognise…

May 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury's Pentecost letter to the Anglican Communion
28 May 2010
In his Pentecost letter to the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury encourages Anglicans…

April 2010

Archbishop's message to the 4th Global South to South Encounter
20 April 2010
Archbishop tells the Global South gathering: "There are no quick solutions for the wounds of the body…

Archbishop: "There are no quick solutions for the wounds of the body of Christ."
20 April 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury's video address to the Fourth Global South to South Encounter meeting in…

February 2010

Archbishop's statement on Bishop Mouneer's resignation from SCAC
1 February 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, today expressed his regret at the decision of the Most…

December 2009

A message from the Archbishop of Canterbury on the Anglican Communion Covenant
17 December 2009
As the final version of the Anglican Communion Covenant is sent to the member Churches of the Anglican…

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