During 2021, Bishops will be invited take to part in a programme of virtual ‘Bishops’ Conversations’ which will bring together groups of bishops from across the Anglican Communion.
Running between July – December 2021, the aim is to start exploring the theme of God’s Church for God’s World – walking, listening and witnessing together.’ More activity is planned for the first quarter of 2022.
The virtual meetings will be open to all active bishops in the Anglican Communion.
What’s the 2021 timetable?
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Bishops will be asked to commit to meeting on the same day and time each month. You may find it helpful to use this converter to check the time in your own location: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
Please bear in mind that start times may change during the year to account for daylight savings times if applicable in your country.
What’s the aim of the sessions?
Reflecting on themes from 1 Peter, the groups will incorporate time for prayer and Bible study, sharing ministry experiences and stories and discussing what it means for the Anglican Communion to be responsive to the needs of a fast-changing world.
The ‘Bishops’ Conversations’ will help to discern shared priorities and hopes in advance of the face-to-face conference, and to shape and enrich the conference programme planning. The sessions will be an important opportunity to listen to God, as we seek to build relationships across the Communion ahead of our meeting in Canterbury.
Registration for the groups will be available for all Anglican bishops.
Who are the sessions for?
Bishops Conversations are open to all active Anglican Bishops of the Anglican Communion.
Recognising that bishops’ schedules are busy – the sessions are optional – but it is our sincere hope and prayer that as many bishops will join as possible.
How can I register?
All Bishops will be emailed during April with details of how to register and to indicate their preference for time zone and date.
The timetable is being advertised here in advance, to support diary planning.
If you have not registered for the Lambeth Conference event in Canterbury – or are retiring before the physical event in 2022 – but would like to take part in the virtual Lambeth Conference Bishops Conversations – please contact the conference team for registration information.
How will they run?
The groups will run on Zoom, with groups of up to 20 participants from different dioceses and provinces.
The Lambeth Conference Working Group is approaching a diverse and talented team of Convenors and Facilitators with the appropriate expertise from around the Anglican Communion to work with us to support these sessions.
What is the time commitment?
Bishops are invited to attend six sessions, one a month – with a 2-hour time commitment for each session.
A number of groups will be on offer, built around a range of time zones and language or interpretation needs.
Bishops will be invited to select from a range of block dates and times.
Once preferred dates and time zones have been selected, bishops will continue to meet in their assigned group for the duration of the sessions. This is to streamline the planning and allocation of language/interpretation services across the groups – and also enable relationships and group rapport to be built during the course of the sessions.
Most of the work for the sessions will be done in the sessions to keep the time commitment light. Occasionally, there may be a small amount of preparation - for example reading a short paper, considering questions to a Bible study.
Alternatively, participants may be invited to gather views from their dioceses/communities at different times. Any preparation or supporting materials will be made available to you well in advance.