The Lambeth Conference is a once-a-decade event gathering bishops and spouses from across the Anglican Communion for prayer, bible study, fellowship and dialogue on church and world issues.
Convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the conference takes place across venues at the University of Kent, Canterbury Cathedral and Lambeth Palace during the summer of 2021. Over one thousand bishops and spouses will travel to the conference. They will represent churches and Christian communities from around 165 countries of the Anglican Communion - one of the largest Christian communities in the world.
Under the theme of ‘God’s Church for God’s World Walking, Listening and Witnessing Together’ Lambeth 2020 will call participants together for prayer, Bible study, reflection, fellowship and dialogue on shared topics, concerns and opportunities in the Anglican Communion. The Biblical focus for the event will be the book of 1 Peter.
The biblical focus for the event will be the book of 1 Peter from the New Testament. A wide range of resources have been developed for use in Bible studies, videos, discussions and seminars exploring themes from the book. For two years, the resources have been shaped by an international team of Bible Scholars from across the Anglican Communion, through the St Augustine Seminar. The journey through 1 Peter will explore a range of themes including belonging, alienation, exile, slavery and persecution, hospitality, mission and reconciliation.
The conference will explore a range of church and world affairs from topics like mission and evangelism, climate change, gender justice, poverty, tribalism, modern day slavery, peace and reconciliation. The Anglican Communion has a vital role to play in working for transformation and justice in our world.
Like the bishops attending, spouses represent a wide variety of cultural and vocational contexts. Some spouses play a very active and complementary role in the bishopric ministry. Others pursue more distinct and particular vocations, alongside their spouse. The conference will see spouses from across the Anglican Communion taking part. It will be a key opportunity for spiritual reflection, growing connections and sharing stories about the vocation and ministry experiences of spouses across the Anglican World. Starting with a special spouses retreat (and with some bespoke sessions), the joint participation of bishops’ spouses is important.