Phase 3 will be about offering the Lambeth Calls to churches around the world, inviting them ‘to add their voice to the call’ and bring them to life in their setting. The aim is to strengthen our life and Christian witness together as an Anglican Communion, as we seek to walk, listen and witness together.
Lambeth Calls is the name being given to describe declarations, affirmations and common calls to the church shared by bishops that took part in the Lambeth Conference in 2022. What is the aim of a Lambeth Call? The focus of each Lambeth Call is to deepen faithfulness to God, advance the ministry of the Communion and enable wider participation in the calls by churches and communities around the world.
The focus of each Lambeth Call is to deepen faithfulness to God, advance the ministry of the Communion and enable wider participation in the calls by churches and communities around the world.
Adding your voice to the call isn’t a requirement to vote in or pass the Lambeth Call. It’s an invitation to explore, discuss and consider what each Call might mean in your setting.
The Lambeth Calls were discussed by the bishops at the Lambeth Conference. But as ‘Calls’ to the church, they are intended to be offered to churches and communities around the world. In this way, wider church groups are invited to explore each of the calls.
The full set of Lambeth Calls is available on the Lambeth Conference website. The publish date for the new edition of the Lambeth Calls is May 2023. The new edition will reflect feedback from the bishops’ discussion in 2022. A series of Call papers will be shared during each Call webinar.
The conference community of bishops and spouses that attended the Lambeth Conference are warmly invited to register for the Lambeth Call webinars, along with wider clergy and church communities. Webinar registration details will be advertised on the Lambeth Conference website, with dates of webinars being released during the year.
Any province can choose to discuss the Lambeth Calls at any point. As gifts to the Anglican Communion, there is no expectation that the Calls must be explored in a set order. The Phase 3 journey will offer webinar discussions and Bible Study materials, as a way of providing churches with resources that might support/aid their discussions. There is no obligation to use them.
Webinars will be run by the Lambeth Conference team at the Anglican Communion Office. Group discussions are run independently. You might choose to discuss the Lambeth Calls in an existing network, Bible study or other group. Meeting in person or online, you are invited to use the free resources and materials to aid your discussion. Provinces and Dioceses are invited to promote this in a way that best suits their context.
Throughout the journey, the Lambeth Conference Steering Group would love to hear your stories about what the Call looks like in your setting. Sharing stories throughout the journey is invited – because stories help to encourage others and share learning. No ‘official reporting’ is required. You can share your stories by visiting: LambethConference.org
The Lambeth Conference is one of four Instruments of Unity in the Anglican Communion. The four instruments are: The Archbishop of Canterbury; The Primates’ Meeting; The Anglican Consultative Council and The Lambeth Conference. As an Instrument, The Lambeth Conference meets every decade for an in-person gathering, and between conferences, retains ongoing convening power, providing a space for bishops to dialogue, pray and discuss communion matters. This is why Phase 3 is important.