"The 105th prelate to ascend the throne of St. Augustine will be the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, 56, bishop of Durham. He will be enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury in Canterbury Cathedral on Mar. 21, 2013 ... Named to the episcopacy just last December , Welby succeeds Dr. Rowan Williams, who is retiring at the end of December  after 10 years as Archbishop". "A married father of five, Welby is considered a flexible but evangelical clergyman holding a traditional view of marriage but also supporting women bishops". "Welby became dean of Liverpool in 2007 and was enthroned last December  as bishop of Durham, the fourth-most senior clerical post in the Church of England. His hands-on experience as an executive in the oil industry in Africa and his later experience in conflict resolution will likely stand him in good stead as he deals with divisive factions within the 77-million member Anglican Communion. From 2002 to 2007, he led Coventry Cathedral's ministry of reconciliation around the world, serving in dangerous areas of severe civil conflict such as Nigeria".
"Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, emerged from his Dec. 6  meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury-elect, Justin Welby, feeling 'very optimistic about his leadership'. The visit which took place at Auckland Castle, in County Durham, England, was part of Hiltz' annual visit to Lambeth Palace and the Anglican Communion office. Hiltz also met with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who retired on Dec. 7 ". [Text of entire article.]
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, came to Rome to install Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi as the Archbishop's personal representative to the Holy See and director of the Anglican Centre in Rome on 26 October 2017. Archbishop Ntahoturi, the Centre's first francophone director, was formally installed "during an Anglican evensong at the Oratorio di San Francesco Saverio del Caravita -- a Roman Catholic church known as the Caravita. The Church is close to the Anglican Centre and often extends hospitality to the Anglican Centre for large services. In fact, the relationship is so close that the Caravita became the Anglican Centre's temporary home for several weeks this year during refurbishment of the Anglican premises" (p. 14). "The following day, Archbishop Welby formally introduced Archbishop Bernard as his new representative in Rome, to Pope Francis" (p. 15). Archbishop Ntahoturi's "vision for the Centre is for it to be 'the voice of the Anglican Communion' in areas where the two churches are working together. To go beyond dialogue into united action, or, as Archbishop Bernard puts it, 'having a joint adventure'. It is what Pope Francis calls 'an ecumenism of action'" (p. 15).
"When Geronimo Henry stood up to speak at a May 3  meeting between Indigenous community leaders, residential school survivors and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in Toronto, he told the story of his 11 years in the Mohawk Institute residential school near Brantford, Ont." (p. 1). "We;by stressed that there was nothing that would make up for the harm, but repeated a promise he had made at several other stops on his April 28 to May 3  visit to Canada. While his power over the international Anglican Communion was limited, he said, he would do everything in his power to lead the church to advance the cause of reconciliation. That would begin, he said, with carrying what he had heard in hours of testimony from dozens of survivors in Toronto, in James Smith Cree Nation and Prince Albert in Saskatchewan back to this summer's  Lambeth Conference in England, where the rights of Indigenous peoples are a central theme on the agenda. 'Apologies are cheap, is not offensive unless accompanied by action', said Welby in a similar speech in Prince Albert" (p. 8). "Throughout his visit to Canada, Welby had been careful with the promises he had made, he said at a speech in Prince Albert .... 'Because the history is one of over-promising and under-delivering, I want to under-promise and over-deliver'. One concrete promise Welby did make was to release any records on residential schools in the church's possession to survivors and to push for the New England Company, the society that originally ran the Mohawk Institute, to do the same. Welby was originally scheduled to make a stop at the Six Nations of the Grand River, Ont., on his tour of Canada to hear from survivors and offer an apology there also. But the Survivors' Secretariat, a Six Nations organization representing the survivors of the Mohawk Institute, had asked him not to come unless he was ready to discuss financial support for programs to teach the Indigenous languages that residential school banned their students from speaking and to help the secretariat get access to the school records" (p. 8) Kimberly Murray, is the executive lead for the Survivors' Secretariat. Dawn Hill, a member of the Survivors' Secretariat and survivor of the Mohawk Institute told "a story about the contrast between Jesus' teachings and the residential school staff" (p. 8). "After his speech in Toronto, the 'Journal' asked Welby what had made him commit to getting school records for the survivors. 'I think that's a promise I can probably keep, and I don't want to promise what I can't do', he replied. He said funding for language programs was not for him to promise, as it was within the jurisdiction of the Anglican Church of Canada'" (p. 8).
"The primates were 'deeply blessed' by the presence at the meeting of Canadian Catholic theologian and humanitarian Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche, a worldwide network helping developmentally disable people, said Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Vanier preached to the primates on the story of Jesus washing his disciples' feet -- then knelt down and washed the feet of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Hiltz said. The other followed suit. The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, called the foot-washing 'a powerful thing of humility .. a powerful thing of closeness after a very hard working week'. Welby said he was 'quite unravelled' by the experience". [Text of entire article.]
"The Most Rev. Justin Welby was enthroned as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury in a March 21  service that celebrated the diversity of the Anglican Communion. More than 2,000 people from around the world gathered in Canterbury Cathedral for a celebration blending traditional elements of Anglican worship with contemporary music, vibrant Ghanaian dancing and drums, a Punjabi hymn and a blessing spoken in French. Guests included Church of England clergy and lay people, including the Prince of Wales, the prime minister [David Cameron] and a host of ecumenical guests. All but one of the Anglican Communion primates attended". "Following his sermon, five Communion representatives presented gifts symbolic of their home regions. The bishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, presented a wooden cross; Ms. Adele Finney of Canada shared the gift of water; Mrs. Real Kewasis of Kenya brought packets of bread and milk; the Rev. Peter Koon, provincial secretary of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, presented a rice picture in the shape of his province; and the Rev. Desire Mukanirwa of the Democratic Republic of Congo brought a wooden carving expressing the desire for peace".
"The primate of the Anglican Church of Canada says the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will be 'a great ambassador' who can steer 'holy conversations'." "Speaking at the fall meeting (Nov. 15 to 18 ) of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) in Mississauga, Ont., Archbishop Fred Hiltz spoke of Welby's intellectual capacity, negotiation skills and deep commitment to reconciliation, mission and ecumenical relations. 'I think we can all look forward to Welby's leadership', said Hiltz, who first met Welby in 2009. The Canadian primate, along with all the primates in the worldwide Anglican Communion, has been invited to attend Welby's enthronement in Canterbury Cathedral on March 21, 2013".
"Days before the July 27-Aug. 7 [2022 Lambeth] conference, bishops from across Canada and internationally released statements in protest of a draft of the call [on human dignity] which did not match the version of the call's drafting group originally submitted. The new version contained a clause calling on the church to re-affirm Resolution I.10 from 1998's Lambeth Conference, which states, among other things, that the conference of bishops 'upholds faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union' and 'cannot advise the legitimizing or blessing of same sex unions nor ordaining those involved in same gender unions'. Kevin Robertson, regional bishops of York-Scarborough in the diocese of Toronto and a member of the committee tasked with drafting the call, says the inclusion of this section was 'disturbing' to him" (p. 1-2). "In the days between the release of the changed draft and the beginning of the conference, Robertson and the drafting committee reconvened online to submit a new version, which became the call actually discussed at the Lambeth Conference. ... The drafting committee removed the recommendation to reaffirm Resolution I.10. Both Robertson and Archbishop Howard Gregory, primate of the West Indies and chair of the committee, say they believe that final version successfully represented the drafting group's intentions" (p. 2).
"Both Robertson and Gregory say it's time for Anglicans on either side of the same-sex marriage debate to look for ways to co-exist and move forward together. Gregory, who oversees jurisdictions of the church where same-sex marriages are not recognized, says he invited Robertson, who is married to a man, to help draft the call. Coming out of this year's conference, both described a spirit of willingness to discuss and acknowledge the differing points of view on sexuality that came up throughout" (p. 2-3). "In his introduction to the discussion of the call on human dignity, Archbishop [of Canterbury] Justin Welby encouraged members from either side of the debate on same-sex marriage to consider the sincerity of the other's perspective" (p. 3). "Likewise, Gregory credits Welby with what he says was a more amicable and agreeable atmosphere surrounding this year's discussion compared with his experiences at the 1998 and 2008 conferences, when discussions on same-sex marriage were fraught with tension" (p. 3).
Bishop Robertson's husband, Mohan Sharma, attended the conference although he was not invited as a spouse, "along with the spouses of several other bishops in same-sex marriages. He stayed at accommodations provided by Lambeth University, spoke with attendees on the opposite side of the marriage debate and attended the call on human dignity discussion and other conference events as an observer. Robertson says he and Sharma found the conference organizers and the Archbishop of Canterbury surprisingly welcoming despite the lack of an official invitation" (p. 3).
"Primates of Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda did not attend Lambeth this year. In a May  open letter, they accused the Western church of being in a state of 'apostasy' and 'rebellion' against biblical authority. The acceptance of homosexuality by Western churches, they said, was a sign that they had been pervaded by secular culture. Together, their churches represent a significant portion of Anglicans worldwide; 30 million of a total 70 million in the entire Anglican Communion, according to the primates' letter" (p. 3).
Colour photo with caption: "On his recent trip to Toronto, Archbishop Justin Welby celebrates the eucharist at the convent of the Sisters of St. John the Divine. He met privately with Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, as part of his commitment to meet with primates throughout the Anglican Communion to foster friendship and mutual understanding". [Text of entire article.]
Six facts/statistics about the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. "105: Archbishops of Canterbury appointed so far from a period dating back more than 1,400 years ago to Augustine of Canterbury. 270: Parishes that the Archbishop of Canterbury will oversee as bishop of the diocese of Canterbury. 57: Archbishop Welby's age. 2,000: Seating capacity at Canterbury Cathedral for the enthronement ceremonies. 38: Primates from Anglican provinces in communion with the See of Canterbury expected to attend the enthronement. 5: Number of children that Welby and his wife Caroline, have". [Text of entire article.]