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Monday, February 18, 2013

Lambeth Palace Appoints new "Director of Reconciliation"

Lambeth Palace appoints new "Director of Reconciliation"

Canon David Porter
In one of his first official acts as the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has appointed Canon David Porter in a newly created position on his staff called "Director of Reconciliation."

Canon Porter, who will continue to be the Director of Reconciliation Ministry at
Coventry Cathedral, will assume the new role at Lambeth Palace on a part-time basis. According to Lambeth Palace, the new position was created to "enable the Church to make a powerful contribution to transforming the often violent conflicts which overshadow the lives of so many people in the world.

Canon Porter's "initial focus will be on supporting creative ways for renewing conversations and relationships around deeply held differences within the Church of England and the Anglican Communion," the Lambeth Palace statement said.

“I am delighted to welcome Canon David Porter, Canon for Reconciliation at Coventry, who will join my personal staff part time as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director for Reconciliation," Justin Welby
said in a statement. "David brings a wealth of experience in reconciliation and peacebuilding from his work in Northern Ireland and through the Community of the Cross of Nails in Coventry.

"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 have always handled our own conflicts wisely, but it is essential that we work towards demonstrating ways of reducing destructive conflict in our world - and also to setting an example of how to manage conflict within the Church."

In addition to his work at Coventry Cathedral, David Porter has served as the chair of the Northern Ireland Civic Forum and has served as a member of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council.

Here is Canon Porter discussing his work at Coventry Cathedral:

UPDATE: Here is more on Canon Porter's background, from here:

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