What is the Lambeth Conference?

Convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2022, the Lambeth Conference is an international meeting of Anglican bishops. The conference discusses church and world affairs and the global mission of the Anglican Communion for the decade ahead.

The conference theme is ‘God’s Church for God’s World - walking, listening and witnessing together.’ The conference will explore what it means for the Anglican Communion to be responsive to the needs of a 21st Century world.

Meeting around every ten years since 1867, the Lambeth Conference is one of the four Instruments of Unity in the Anglican Communion. The 2022 meeting will be the 15th Lambeth Conference.

The Lambeth Conference Journey - The phases of the conference

In order to make the discussions and outcomes of the conference as fruitful as possible, the Lambeth Conference will operate in three phases.

Phase 1

Listening together:
2021-2022

Virtual meetings – optional sessions for bishops to meet for prayer, Bible study and to start to explore some of the conference themes. An additional programme for bishops' wives and husbands will also be on offer.

Phase 2

Walking together:
Summer 2022

The conference meets at Canterbury. The full conference programme will be shared nearer the time.

Phase 3

Witnessing together:
After the conference

Working together on conference outcomes and initiatives.

For more information, visit the programme area of the web site.

Where does the conference meet?

The conference takes place across venues at the University of Kent, Canterbury Cathedral and Lambeth Palace during the British summer of 2022.
 
The dates for the conference are 27th July – 8th August 2022 (with the official conference ending on the 7th August and departures on the 8th August). A pre-event programme of virtual meetings and discussions will also be running during 2021.

Who is it for?

Over six hundred bishops (and their wives or husbands) will travel to the conference. They will represent dioceses and Christian communities from around 165 countries of the Anglican Communion - one of the largest Christian communities in the world.

The Lambeth Conference aims to resource, inspire, and encourage Bishops in their local ministries; supporting their pastoral and leadership roles in church life and mission. For many of the bishops attending, this is a rare opportunity to meet with their peers from around the world, as they learn from one another and share their ministry experiences.

There will also be a joint programme for bishops' wives and husbands running in parallel – to equip and support them in their vital roles too. This will see the participation of many spouses from across the Anglican Communion, which will provide a key opportunity for spiritual reflection, growing connections and sharing stories about their vocation and ministry experiences.