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The Design Group

A group drawn from across the Anglican Communion has been set up to design the programme for the Lambeth Conference in 2020.

It is a wide-ranging team which includes archbishops and bishops as well as theologians and other lay members. It has been examining the wide range of topics to be addressed during the event.

The Design Group has been meeting regularly since early 2017 under the chairmanship of the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

In late 2017, the Group visited the University of Kent in Canterbury to see the facilities at the venue hosting the conference.

Archbishop Thabo is excited by the theme, “God’s Church for God’ World”.

“This is a beautiful theme that reminds us to look at something greater and bigger than ourselves,” he said, “and not to quibble around the little things within the family – not to gloss over them – but also to celebrate who we are within God’s Church in God’s World.”

He said he was encouraged by the progress being made by the group.

“God is smiling,” he said, “because there is a group of dedicated Episcopalians and Anglicans from all over the Anglican Communion, put together by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Secretary General, who are committed to birthing an innovative, creative Lambeth Conference, where we could listen to each other under God and in our own contexts and commit, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to participate in what God is up to in the world.”

The Group is continuing to meet in person and electronically as the programme of Bible studies, seminars and other events begins to take shape.

The Design Group members are:

  • Chair: Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
  • The Revd Dr Robert Heaney (Virginia Theological Seminary, US)
  • The Revd Dr Emma Ineson (Trinity College, Bristol, UK)
  • Bishop Melter Jiki Tais (Sabah, Malaysia)
  • Mrs Matilda Ntahoturi (Burundi)
  • Ms Cathrine Ngangira (Zimbabwe)
  • Bishop Pradeep Samantaroy (Amritsar, North India)
  • Bishop George Sumner (Dallas, US)
  • Bishop Joel Waweru Mwangi (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Bishop Nigel Stock (UK)