8th Dec, 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury chooses Coventry as base for reconciliation ministry

Shaun Reynolds 31st Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE DEAN of Coventry Cathedral has expressed his delight following the appointment of Sarah Snyder to the reconciliation team by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Ms Snyder will succeed Canon David Porter following his move to a new role as chief of staff and strategy at Lambeth Place.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has chosen to base the reconciliation ministry in Coventry Cathedral after previously spending his time at the Cathedral between 2002 and 2007 as a Canon for Reconciliation.

The new adviser and her team will be based here – and Sarah will be licensed as an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral.

Sarah will work alongside the Cathedral’s own reconciliation team, led by Canon Dr Sarah Hills, and will bring her substantial experience to the ministry of reconciliation while supporting Archbishop Justin in his priority of reconciliation.

Sarah joins amid a busy time for the Cathedral which has hosted events in the past months including an Iftar for the local Muslim community, listening circles for those on either side of the post referendum debate and spaces for prayer or reflection following the tragic events in Orlando, and in Nice.

Very Revd. John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Sarah Snyder to the Cathedral.

“Her passion for reconciliation has been the focus of her life and work for many years.

“Her commitment and experience will bring a huge contribution to the work of the Cathedral, and the Archbishop.

“We are very pleased that we will now have two Sarah’s equally committed to serving reconciliation through this place, and in the wider world.”

Sarah will join the team on Monday (September 5) after being welcomed by the Bishop at a special service on Sunday (September 4).