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The programme

The programme is taking place over 11 days.

Bishops and their spouses will arrive at the University of Kent in Canterbury on Wednesday 22 July 2020.

The first two days of the Conference – Thursday 23 and Friday 24 July – will be spent in a spiritual retreat. There will be two separate retreats: one for bishops and another for spouses.

On Sunday 26 July, Canterbury Cathedral – the mother church of the Anglican Communion – will host a special Lambeth Conference Eucharist.

For the week of Monday 27 July to Saturday 1 August, the Conference will work through a daily programme which includes Bible studies based on 1 Peter, special guests and keynote speakers, seminars, plenary sessions and discussions.

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The agenda for the Conference is being drawn together by the Design Group taking into account feedback from regional Primates’ Meetings taking place in 2018 and 2019, working with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lambeth Conference team.

Most of the events of that week will take place at the main Lambeth Conference venue – the University of Kent in Canterbury; but there will also be a London programme day, which will be based mostly at Lambeth Palace, the historic official residence and offices of the Archbishops of Canterbury.

On the final day of the Conference, Sunday 2 August, the bishops will return to Canterbury Cathedral for the second and final Eucharist at the Anglican Communion’s mother church; ahead of departures on Monday 3 August.

Full details of the programme and agenda will be made available closer to the event.

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Hospitality Initiative

Visiting bishops and their spouses will have the opportunity to join a Hospitality Initiative in the week before the Conference. They will be hosted by dioceses and parishes across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

It will be a chance for visitors to rest after travelling and to see first-hand the work and worship of their hosts. Christians in the UK and Ireland will get the opportunity to learn from Church leaders from every continent. It’s thought about 1,000 bishops and their spouses will take part in the Initiative.

Host dioceses will appoint local co-ordinators over the coming months. They will share more information with parishes.

National coordinator for the Hospitality Initiative, Janice Price, said: “The aim is to create a seamless journey from arrival in the UK to arrival in Canterbury for the conference on 22 July.”