The Episcopal Church
Office of Public Affairs
Monday, September 23, 2013
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori announced to the House of Bishops that the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will be visiting The Episcopal Church in April 2014 for [a] personal visit with her.
“The Archbishop of Canterbury has contacted me and we are planning a private discussion next April,” Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori told the House of Bishops currently conducting its fall meeting in Nashville, TN (Diocese of TN).
Archbishop Welby plans a personal visit to the Presiding Bishop in 2014 to provide an opportunity for informal conversation. This planned visit is part of his effort to visit all the Primates of the Anglican Communion during the first eighteen months of his ministry.
Current plans call for the Presiding Bishop and the Archbishop to meet in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma).
The visit is expected to correspond with the churchwide conference, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal gathering to challenge the epidemic of violence April 9 – 11, at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma). http://www.episcopaloklahoma.org/ . The Archbishop has been invited to offer greetings at the beginning of the conference.
Additional scheduling details will be announced later.
The visit is not the Archbishop’s first to North America. Reporting on his visit to Mexico in August, his office stated
During his first 18 months in office, the Archbishop plans to visit all of his fellow Primates around the Anglican Communion. His desire is to build personal and professional bonds, understand the Primates’ work in its local context, and lay foundations for collaboration over the coming years.