Lambeth Calls document

At the Lambeth Conference in 2022, the Archbishop of Canterbury has decided that the bishops gathered should adopt a process called 'Lambeth Calls.' The Lambeth Calls document can be downloaded here. The Lambeth Calls document formally replaces the Study Guide.

“Lambeth Calls” is the name being given to describe declarations, affirmations and common calls to the church shared by bishops that are taking part in the Lambeth Conference in 2022.

The focus of the Lambeth Conference is exploring what it means to be ‘God’s Church for God’s World’ in the decade ahead.

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What will Lambeth Calls be on?

The focus of the Lambeth Conference is exploring what it means to be ‘God’s Church for God’s World’ in the decade ahead. Bishops will discuss several themes through morning Bible Expositions on 1 Peter, and plenary sessions during the Lambeth Conference.
Lambeth Calls will be shared on these themes which will include:
•  Mission and Evangelism
•  Reconciliation
•  Safe Church
•  Environment and Sustainable Development
•  Christian Unity
•  Inter-faith Relations
•  Anglican Identity
•  Human Dignity
•  Discipleship

What are the features of a Lambeth Call?

During the Lambeth Conference, there will be several Lambeth Call discussion sessions, where bishops will be able to share their thinking and experience.
Outcomes of the discussions will then be shared as a written ‘Lambeth Call’.

They will be a short paper, that includes:

  • A declaration, summarising what the Christian Church has always taught about these matters.
  • An affirmation, summarising what the bishops want to say on these matters in the present time.
  • Specific requests (The Calls) to future witness, sharing actions or challenges that the bishops want to give to each other, to fellow Christians and to the world.

Within each ‘Call’ there will be matters to discuss and decisions to be made. It may be that not all bishops will want to add their voices to every element of every call. As has always been the case at every Lambeth Conference bishops will confer together but they will not necessarily agree on everything.

Each ‘call’ is being drafted by a group made up of bishops, clergy and laity from around the communion led by a Primate or senior bishop. They will be discussed and shaped further during the Lambeth Conference.

How the Lambeth Call sessions run at the conference?

Each of the call sessions will be chaired by Rose Okeno, Diocesan Bishop, ACK Butere Diocese, Anglican Church of Kenya and Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich in England.

The sessions are closed to the public, and will include time for the bishops to engage in discussion within their groups, or ‘tables’ – which are the same groups in which the bishops have engaged in bible study. The groups will remain the same throughout, and have been convened by common language.

Each group has a nominated facilitator who will record written feedback. Feedback from the discussions will be given to the phase 3 group so the voices of bishops will be heard as the process continues.

A number of facilitators will be invited to give feedback during the session. Timing does not allow for every group to feedback verbally during the session, so this will be by random selection.

Supporting the calls

An opportunity will be given at the end of each session for a verbal indication of agreement. If the calls gain clear assent they will be sent forward for further work. Electronic devices will no longer be used. 

How will each Lambeth Call be shared?

The intention is to make public each of the ‘calls’ from the conference and to ensure that there is a process by which the outcomes included in each ‘Call’ can be received and implemented. Member churches will be invited to consider the calls in their own synods and other bodies. It is expected that several themes from the ‘calls’ will be on the agenda for the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in 2023. Responsibility for ensuring the Calls are taken forward lies with the Phase 3 group (Phase 3 of the Lambeth Conference). This group will be appointed by The Archbishop of Canterbury. Calls chosen by the bishops at the conference will be formally issued in the report of the Lambeth Conference 2022

The reason the archbishop has made this change to move from resolution to call is that the word resolution implies legal decision which is binding and that goes beyond the powers of the Conference. A ‘call’ represents what the so-called ‘resolutions’ did up to the Conference of 1998. A call is a decision of the Conference which comes as an appeal to each church of the Communion to consider carefully, and hopefully to follow it and respond to it in its own situation.

The Lambeth Conference has published a short booklet about the history of the Lambeth Conference and how the new ‘Lambeth Calls’ process will be an integral part of bishops’ discussions in 2022.