23 July 2002

Welcome for the new Archbishop of Canterbury

Leaders of the Methodist Church in Britain have given a warm welcome to Dr Rowan Williams, following the announcement that he is to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury.

The President of the British Methodist Conference, the Rev Ian White, said:

"On behalf of the Methodist Church, I offer the greetings and prayers of the Methodist people to Dr Williams on his appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury. His appointment comes at a significant moment in the life of our two churches as we enter into conversations on a Covenant between us and explore the partnership of our two traditions.

"Archbishop Rowan's skill as a leader, communicator and teacher will serve the Church and Nation well in the relationship between Church and Society, Faith and the 21st Century. Through his gifts as a communicator he will be able to build bridges between faiths and traditions and act as an advocate for the dignity and quality of life. I have sent him the greetings of the Methodist Church."

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