The World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit attended the enthronement of Archbishop Justin Welby in England, expressing “heart-felt congratulations” and “profound prayers for his new ministry”.
He joined church leaders, political figures, heads of faith communities, and members of the Church of England, as Archbishop Welby was installed in his new ministry at Canterbury Cathedral.
Archbishop Justin Welby was enthroned as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England, and spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion on 21 March 2013 at Canterbury Cathedral.
In late 2012, Archbishop Welby, then Anglican bishop of Durham, was appointed the primate of the Church of England, which is a founding member of the WCC.
“We admire Archbishop Welby’s commitment to lead the worldwide Anglican Communion. Our hope is that the Anglican tradition and communion of churches will continue to make significant contributions to the ecumenical movement, as they always have,” said Dr Tveit.
“On behalf of the WCC member churches, we look forward to working with Archbishop Welby to build upon our mutual relations, as well as strengthening our efforts for peace, justice, reconciliation and inter-religious dialogue,” he added.
At his inauguration, Archbishop Welby stressed the importance of reconciliation and peace, reflecting on the significant role that the Christian churches have played in the transformation of society, both in England and around the world, through sharing the “good news” of the gospel. "There is every possible reason for optimism about the future of Christian faith in our world and in this country. Optimism does not come from us, but because to us and to all people Jesus comes and says “Take heart, it is I, do not be afraid,” he said.
"We are called to step out of the comfort of our own traditions and places, and go into the waves, reaching for the hand of Christ. Let us provoke each other to heed the call of Christ, to be clear in our declaration of Christ, committed in prayer to Christ, and we will see a world transformed," concluded Archbishop Welby.
* More on Archbishop Justin Welby from Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/justinwelby