Lam­beth rec­on­ciler named

The Church of England - - NEWS -

CANON DAVID PORTER, Di­rec­tor for Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion at Coventr y Cathe­dral, has been sec­onded to the staff of Lam­beth Palace to work part time on the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury’s staff as Di­rec­tor for Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Canon Porter has been work­ing to fa­cil­i­tate dis­cus­sion be­tween dif­fer­ent sides in the de­bate over women priests. His new post will in­volve a fo­cus on vi­o­lent con­flict around the world as well as on di­vi­sions within the Angli­can Com­mu­nion and the Church of Eng­land.

This is one of the first se­nior ap­point­ments an­nounced by the new Arch­bishop and it pro­vides an im­por­tant clue about what he sees as his pri­or­i­ties. Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion has been an im­por­tant el­e­ment in Arch­bishop Welby’s past min­istry. He has been in­volved in dan­ger­ous ne­go­ti­a­tions to end kid­nap­pings in Nigeria that have been a prob­lem for the oil in­dus­try in the South of the coun­try.

Canon Porter worked to bring rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in North­ern Ire- land be­fore he moved to his present post at Coven­try. From 2007 to 2011 he was a mem­ber of the North­ern Ire­land Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Coun­cil. He helped pro­duce a report set­ting out how to deal with past trou­bles in N Ire­land.

Com­ment­ing on his new po­si­tion he said: “How we live with our deep­est dif­fer­ences both within the Church and our in­creas­ingly frac­tured world, is one of the ma­jor chal­lenges to the cred­i­bil­ity of Chris­tian­ity as good news.”

Speak­ing about the ap­point­ment, the Arch­bishop said: “Con­flict is an ever-present re­al­ity both in the Church and wider so­ci­ety. Chris­tians have been at the cen­tre of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion through­out his­tory.

“We may not al­ways have han­dled our own con­flicts wisely, but it is es­sen­tial that we work to­wards demon­strat­ing ways of re­duc­ing con­flict in our world – and also set­ting an ex­am­ple of how to man­age con­flict within the Church.”

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