Ecumenical relations staff

The Anglican Communion is engaged at a global level to promote the unity of Christians and their churches.

The Unity, Faith and Order department at the Anglican Communion Office supports meetings and conversations between different churches, church leaders and Christian church organisations. It also creates theological resources to support these talks.

One aspect of the team’s work is organising and supporting eight Ecumenical Dialogueswith other Churches. These consultations, which take place around the world every year, aim to identify and examine differences and then explore ways of drawing closer together and healing divisions.

AOOIC Signing 2015       

‘The work of ecumenism today is more like the work of a climatologist as compared to say a meteorologist.
It is best measured in decades rather than months or even years.’

Revd Canon Dr John Gibaut,
Director of Unity, Faith & Order

Priorities for the Ecumenical staff

  • Strengthening relationships between the Churches

  • Overcoming historical and current issues that divide the Church

  • Deepening the communion shared among churches

  • Moving and working together as a communion of Churches
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Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Director for Unity, Faith and Order


The Revd Canon Dr John Gibaut oversees the Anglican Communion’s ecumenical relations and is based at Anglican Communion office in London.

Originally from Toronto, he was ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada. After working as a parish priest and a professor of theology, he became Director of the Commission on Faith and Order at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. He joined the ACO in 2015.

The vision of the Unity, Faith and Order department flows from the aims the ecumenical movement which has its origins in the Edinburgh Missionary Conference in 1910. The Anglican Communion committed itself to this movement towards Christian unity at the Lambeth Conference of 1920. Resolution 9 called for all Christian people to put aside divisions and be inspired by “the vision and hope of a visible unity of the whole Church”.

John co-ordinates dialogue meetings of the various world churches in both an ambassadorial and an advisory capacity. His role includes:

  • supporting bilateral dialogues and a theological commission

  • Preparing information and other work to support theologians during the dialogue meetings

  • Completing reports on the meeting outcomes

  • Creating and publishing resources on the results of dialogues to share stories and build bridges

Unity, Faith and Order Programme Executive

Neil -Vigers

The Revd Neil Vigers helps facilitate global ecumenical dialogues through administration and the creation of published resources to support theologians.

He also supports the work of the Anglican Consultative Council in its role in ecumenical dialogue.

Contact information 

John Gibaut   Phone: +44 (0)20 7313 3930
Neil Vigers       

Phone: +44 (0)20 7313 3929

Departmental PA
Lucy Cowpland
  Phone: +44 (0)20 7313 3928

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