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Chicago Consultation on New Archbishop of Canterbury

November 9, 2012:  “The Chicago Consultation welcomes the news that the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby has been named the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.

Bishop Welby is known for his pragmatic approach to conflict resolution and his personal courage as an agent of reconciliation. We pray that these qualities will guide his tenure as archbishop and help foster the relationships based in mission that are the essence of the Anglican Communion. These relationships bring us closer to the heart of God and make it possible for us to communicate productively when challenging Communion-wide issues arise.

We are heartened that Archbishop-elect Welby decried homophobia in his opening press conference, and we hope that he will listen with an open heart to the voices of the millions of faithful lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians across the Anglican Communion.”

The Chicago Consultation, a group of Episcopal and Anglican bishops, clergy and lay people, supports the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. To learn more about the Chicago Consultation, visit