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Join 'The Big Hello'
the hospitality initiative for the Lambeth Conference
15th - 22nd July 2020

In the summer of 2020, over 1,000 Anglican bishops and spouses from across the globe will attend the fifteenth Lambeth Conference in Canterbury.

Convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lambeth Conference is a once-a-decade meeting of bishops and spouses. People will travel from over 165 countries of the Anglican Communion - one of the largest Christian communities in the world, with tens of millions of members.

‘The Big Hello’ is a large hospitality programme that will see dioceses and churches in England, Wales and Scotland hosting guests for up to a week in advance of the event. It is open to every active bishop and spouse invited to the Lambeth Conference in 2020. 

What's involved?

The Big Hello will welcome attendees at airports when they arrive and accommodate delegates in church and community residential settings.

  • Rest and relaxation and a chance to acclimatise after a long journey to the UK.
  • Participation of bishops in local church services, pilgrimages and local mission work.
  • Recreational activities like cricket matches or fun days, and excursions to tourist destinations.
  • Dialogue and action on key issues that impact their churches and communities in their part of the world.
  • Idea sharing on ministry and mission opportunities.

Following the hospitality period, the host diocese will transport delegates down to Canterbury for the start of the conference.

Celebrating global community – the opportunity of the Big Hello (click to read more)

Who is coordinating the Big Hello? (click to read more)

What are the key dates of the programme?

Arrival for the hospitality week: 15-17 July 2020
Travel to Canterbury: 22 July 2020

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