Archbishop of Canterbury to address Methodist Conference

The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury,will address the annual Methodist Conference on Wednesday, July 10. It will be thefirst time he has addressed the Conference, which this year meetsat Central Hall, Westminster. 

The Archbishop was invited by the President Designate of theMethodist Conference, the Revd Ruth Gee, who is chair of theDarlington District and worked with Archbishop Justin when he wasBishop of Durham. 

Archbishop Justin will talk on the topic, Resourcing a Searchfor the Common Good. An oil industry executive before he enteredordained ministry, and a member of the Parliamentary Commission onBanking Standards, the Archbishop has written widely on the ethicsof business and finance. After his talk, he will take questionsfrom members of the Conference. 

The annual Conference is the governing body of the MethodistChurch, and is made up of 308 lay and ordained full membersrepresenting all aspects of the Methodist Church in Britain, plus anumber of associate members representing partner churches inBritain and worldwide. It meets in different locations each year.This year's meeting is at Central Hall Westminster from July4-11. 


  1. Archbishop Justin will speak in the afternoon session startingat 2:15 on Wednesday July 10. Members of the press are welcome toattend. Space at the press desks is limited and will be allocatedon a first come, first served basis, but please note that therewill also be seating available in the public gallery, and the eventis also streamed live online. Any press planning to attend areasked to register with Karen Burke, LeadMedia Officer for the Methodist Church. Requests to interviewArchbishop Justin should be made to MariePapworth at the Lambeth Palace press office. 
  2. The Methodist Church 2013/2014 press pack for journalists isavailable here.