The Hosts

The Big Hello hospitality programme is being hosted by Dioceses across England, Wales and Scotland, in collaboration with The Lambeth Conference Company. Local diocesan coordinators are working to organise a range of activities during the hospitality period.

Some of the host coordinators preparing for The Big Hello

A time of celebration…

“One of the joys of the Lambeth Conference is that we have many people from across the world together to share what we have in common. Being in dialogue about the issues that divide us as well as the issues that bring us together. It will be a truly joyful celebration…

Mike Fawcett, Diocese of Rochester

Learning from one another’s culture

I hope that people in the Leicester Diocese will experience the warmth of the way in which people live out their faith in different cultures and situations around the world….

Jonathan Kerry, Diocese of Leicester

A time for growth…

As Anglican airport chaplains this is a big deal. The Lambeth Conference doesn’t happen that often and when they do they are a point of real growth for the Anglican Communion, because people that don’t often have much contact with one another suddenly have the chance to form meaningful relationships.  So much of what bishops do is about personal relationships.  - Only good can come out of Lambeth Conferences.

Airport Chaplains, Revd Jean Hurlston and Revd Bill Raines

Tackling global issues together…

Melanesia has a low carbon footprint, but experience extreme weather conditions, cyclones and high rising tides. They want to share some of their stories with us in the UK so we can appreciate what they are going through, pray with them and support change.

Katie Drew – Melanesian Mission

A chance to build relationships...

The Lambeth Conference is a once-a-decade international event that will see over 1000 bishops and spouses travelling to the UK. The hospitality initiative is a really important part of the Lambeth Conference in 2020.


Across the communion, it provides a chance to build relationships and create new ones, not just between bishops and spouses, but between churches, dioceses, communities and countries across the world.


Our prayer is that it creates a chance to say ‘a big hello’ to one another and learn from cultures and traditions in other settings.​


The Lambeth Conference Company is working in partnership with dioceses across the UK to make this happen and we express our thanks for the exciting things they are planning to welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Phil George, CEO, Lambeth Conference Company

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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