This included a number of people connected to the Diocese of Ely, including Jane Kennedy, Adrian Chatfield, Zoë Bennett and Revd Dr Jeremy Morris.
More information about the work of these individuals and all those recognised by these awards can be read in the full citation report linked below this article.
Archbishop Justin Welby personally presented the awards, which recognise outstanding service in different fields, including those of Archbishop Justin’s ministry priorities: prayer and the Religious life; reconciliation; and evangelism and witness.
The present awards, first given in 2016, consist of three existing Lambeth Awards – the Lambeth Cross, the Canterbury Cross and the Cross of St Augustine – and six new awards named after previous holders of the office of Archbishop of Canterbury.
Over 35 people received the awards. Recipients included religious, political and community leaders, musicians and others, from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
The medals were made from Fairtrade silver by the London firm Cred Jewellery.
Opening the ceremony, the Archbishop explained his wish to give these awards to those who had made “outstanding contributions” to the aims of the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion to know that they were recognised. The awards enabled the Church to show this recognition publicly even though, of course, that recognition had not been sought by any of those receiving the awards.
The Archbishop also wanted the lives and actions of those receiving these awards, which exemplified the Church’s beliefs and values, to be visible to the Church and the wider world.
In his opening remarks at the ceremony, the Archbishop said:
"Firstly, I know only too well that there are good people doing excellent work in support of the Church all over the world. Very often the fruits of their efforts are not apparent to many but they are no less valuable for that. I want to encourage those who dedicate their lives to such work by assuring them that their efforts do not go unseen.
"Secondly, many of us will know that great prayer of St Ignatius of Loyola:
“Teach us, good Lord,
to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do your will.”
The Archbishop added: “I realise that the people receiving these awards today have worked devotedly and diligently, and in the spirit of that prayer. But I hope that they will allow me to say that we hold them up as examples to others. Those who read their citations will, I hope, be inspired themselves to see what can be achieved when good people work for the coming of the Kingdom.”
The Lambeth Awards will be presented in the spring each year.
The full list of 2017 awards and names of recipients is:
The Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism
The Canterbury Cross for Services to the Church of England
The Cross of St Augustine for Services to the Anglican Communion
The Alphege Award for Evangelism and Witness
The Dunstan Award for Prayer and the Religious Life
The Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation
The Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship
The Langton Award for Community Service
The Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship
Article taken from the Archybishop's website at http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5876/archbishop-of-canterburys-awards-ceremony-held-at-lambeth-palace