The Lambeth Conference is one of the global Anglican Communion's Instruments of Communion.
It takes place every ten years at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is the one occasion when all bishops can meet for worship, study and conversation. Archbishops, diocesan, assistant and suffragan bishops are invited.
Also invited are bishops from other churches 'in communion' with the Anglican Communion, bishops from United Churches and a number of ecumenical guests.
Spouses of the 800+ bishops who attend are invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury's wife to a parallel, independent gathering: the Spouses' Conference.
The Archbishop of Canterbury - Rowan Williams - called the Lambeth Conference for July 2008. His wife, Jane, convened the Spouses' Conference.
Information about what happened during the 20 days of the Lambeth Conference, and who contributed to the event … Download (5.3MB)
The Lambeth Conference 2008 began with a warm welcome. Hundreds of bishops and spouses who attended the Lambeth Conference spent time in the dioceses of the Church of England, the Church in Wales and the Episcopal Church of Scotland. During this time the guests were able to share in the life of the parishes and dioceses and to meet lay people and clergy from across the dioceses. … More
Many people from around the Anglican Communion are involved in planning the Lambeth Conference. Visit these pages to find out who they are and how the process works. … More
The conference was held in Canterbury, at the University of Kent. Get information here about the campus, the city of Canterbury and its Cathedral … More
The Marketplace is the Conference's exhibition, which in 2008 was open to the public for the first time … More
Perhaps you've never heard of Lambeth Conferences before. Or you know the name but aren't really sure what they're all about. These questions and answers should help you build up a picture of what these important events are and how they work … More
A range of Lambeth Conference materials are available to download from this page. … More