Episcopal Church USA Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori recently said that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will be visiting the Oklahoma City metro area in April for a personal visit with her.
Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, is head of Church of England and the global Anglican Communion, which includes the Episcopal Church USA.
“The archbishop of Canterbury has contacted me and we are planning a private discussion next April,” Schori told the denomination's House of Bishops during its September meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
Schori and Welby's visit will coincide with a churchwide conference called “Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence,” set for April 9-11 at the Reed Center in Midwest City. Welby has been invited to offer greetings at the beginning of the conference.
The Rt. Rev. Edward Konieczny, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, said the diocese looks forward to welcoming the archbishop and presiding bishop to the state.