Welcoming male and female spouses from across the Anglican Communion, the conference will be a key opportunity for spiritual reflection, growing connections and sharing stories about the vocation and ministry experiences of spouses across the Anglican World.
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.
As well as participating in many of the conference sessions with bishops, there will also be some bespoke programme moments for spouses to attend.
The joint programme will include a retreat, worship and liturgy, Bible studies and group discussion.
The joint programme will draw from a wide range of experiences and ministry settings of spouses from across the Anglican communion.
Interpretation will be provided for the joint programme.
The Joint Programme Planning Group
The Joint Programme for spouses at the Lambeth Conference is being shaped by a planning group, that liaises with the conference Design Group.
Chaired by Mrs Caroline Welby and Linda Baines, the group also includes: Ashella Ndhlovu, Jane Namurye, Rebecca Cottrell, Eamonn Mullally, Lizzie Jeanes, Bev Jullien, Rob Dawes and Flora Winfield.
The programme overview
- Retreat. The retreat will offer a number of reflections and testimonies from spouses from around the communion.
- Bible studies. Supported by 60 or more facilitators from around the world, the joint programme will study the book of 1 Peter.
- Seminars and ‘how to’ sessions. There are both opportunities and challenges involved in the different ministries and vocational lives of spouses in the Anglican Communion. Through a series of seminars and ‘how-to’ sessions, the joint programme will enable spouses to explore a range of subjects. From building resilience, leadership, community, managing dual careers, and spiritual/self care.
Sessions will be facilitated by spouses themselves as well as staff from mission agencies.
- Regional meetings. Time will also be provided for spouses to meet in regional groups for community and relationship building.
- Relaxation space. The joint venue will also have space and time for rest and relaxation, with a special chill out marquee being developed for this purpose.
More information about the programme and team will be added in the weeks ahead.