In a new development, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, agreed to sign the covenant to work with the other Presidents of Churches Together in England during his own enthronement in Canterbury Cathedral on 21st March 2013.
Several photographs of the event are now posted on the photo sharing site 'Flickr'.
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Background to the Ecumenical Covenant and the Presidents of Churches Together in England
World Council of Churches welcome Archbishop Justin:
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”. “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 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.