Lambeth 2020

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The planning process is well underway for the next Lambeth Conference (the once-a-decade meeting of all Anglican bishops), to be held July 23-August 2, 2020 at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

“This conference is about listening to God, through scripture and in prayer and through each other, so we go out with our hearts on fire”, Archbishop Justin said in [a] video [made for the Lambeth Conference website].

He also acknowledged the on-going disagreements in the Anglican Communion, most notably over sexuality and the interpretation of Scripture. “The differences we have are differences within the family”, he said. “They are about how we live as a holy people; how we live in a way that shows we are God’s people.

“We do have very important differences, but we must show that we respect each other as sisters and brothers in Christ, and that we learn to disagree in a way that demonstrates that we love and value each other. . . But whatever views we come with, we come to be under the authority of Scripture, and inspired by the Spirit.”

The news release from ACNS goes on to note that the Design Group is being chaired by Archbishop Thabo Magkoba of Cape Town and will incorporate feedback and ideas, “from Primates of the Anglican Communion’s 40 Provinces, who are meeting in regional groups this year and next to have their say on the Lambeth Conference agenda.”

You can view Archbishop Welby’s video introduction here, and read more about the Lambeth Conference as plans develop here.

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