28 Oct 2012

Sermon given by Archbishop of Canterbury

12:23 pm on 28 October 2012

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has delivered his first and only sermon in New Zealand.

The sermon was delivered at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland to mark the opening of the Anglican Consultative Council which is being held there.

The cathedral was almost full as Dr Williams told the congregation the Church is, and must continue to, cross barriers of race, culture and language to bring people together.

He said this will be a challenge, but it is one church-goers must take up.

The Anglican Consultative Council is an advisory board which brings together delegates from more than 165 countries.

It will be in New Zealand for almost two weeks and will discuss a variety of issues facing the church.

Dr Williams steps down from his role in December.