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 spouses programme was a key opportunity for spiritual reflection, growing connections and sharing stories about the vocation and ministry experiences of spouses across the Anglican World.
As well as participating in many of the conference sessions with bishops, there were also bespoke programme moments for spouses to attend.
The programme included a retreat, worship and liturgy, Bible studies and group discussion. It drew from a wide range of experiences and ministry settings of spouses from across the Anglican communion.
Interpretation was provided for the joint programme.
Content from the Spouses’ Programme at the Canterbury Conference can be found in the Resources Hub.
The Joint Programme Planning Group
The Joint Programme for spouses at the Conference was shaped by a planning group, that liaises with the conference Design Group.
Chaired by Mrs Caroline Welby and Linda Baines, the group also included: Jane Namurye, Rebecca Cottrell, Eamonn Mullally, Lizzie Jeanes, Bev Jullien, Rob Dawes and Flora Winfield.