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Same-sex spouses need not apply (UPDATED)

Same-sex spouses need not apply (UPDATED)

UPDATE: The Lambeth Conference webpage quoted below, in the original, has been updated to remove the parenthetical statement “excluding same-sex spouses*” and removing the *footnote linking the ACO statement on the policy of excluding same-sex spouses. The policy still stands.

And, there is this, from Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool:

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God’s Church for God’s World

Welcome to the official website of the Lambeth Conference 2020. The Conference is taking place in July and August 2020 in Canterbury, UK, under the theme “God’s Church for God’s World: walking, listening and witnessing together”.


The Lambeth Conference is a hugely significant event in the life of the Anglican Church. It brings together all active bishops and their spouses from across the worldwide Anglican Communion – that’s more than 165 countries. The aim is to seek God’s direction for the future of the Anglican/Episcopalian Church for the decades ahead.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is sending personal invitations to every eligible bishop and spouse (excluding same-sex spouses*) and is looking forward immensely to hosting them.

“It’s my prayer that, inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Lambeth Conference will reinvigorate the Communion with the vision and resources to bring the transforming love of Jesus Christ to every level of society across the world”, he said.

“It will be a time of addressing hurts and concerns; of deepening existing relationships and building new ones; of grappling with issues that face the Church and the world. We will listen to each other; we will seek God’s wisdom to find ways to walk together; we will build each other up as leaders.”

On this website, you will find details about who’s invited; how to book and pay; the venue, how the programme is being put together and a range of other information.

Please note that the site will be updated as preparations continue – so be sure to check the pages frequently.

(*For further details, please click here.)

Pictured: Archbishop Justin Welby and his wife Caroline on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. (From Lambeth Conference 2020 homepage)


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Philip B. Spivey

Picture perfect!

“Anglican Gothic”

Cynthia Katsarelis

Aw, the Church of England again practicing their Orwellian gifts…


Mary, we ask that all commenters please use their first and last names when commenting – thx, Editors

They’re the hosts, it is their choice to follow there own beliefs. Not everyone shares the same beliefs, or needs to. I’m sure it wasn’t done to upset others. Toughen up, live and let live… Pray about it instead of advising them to seek further studies…. Pretty sure they know enough.

Cynthia Katsarelis

Would you like to be the one to explain that to the young children of one of the bishop’s being publicly humiliated? And do you tell other minorities to “toughen up,” or just LGBTQ+ people, where the suicide rate is very high, in part due to the attitudes of religious leaders? This is catering to bishops from countries like Nigeria and Uganda, that have criminalized being gay, with the urging and blessing of many of these bishops (not all, but by the primates leading those churches). Are you going to tell African gays suffering in hell hole prisons to just toughen up? Does it disturb you that Justin is catering to them? And did you know that the UK forbids discrimination

When Jesus encountered the sick and the oppressed, did he say “toughen up?”

If you think this wasn’t done to upset others, then you haven’t been paying attention to the nasty politics of the ABC and some of the primates.

I think you know nothing of the suffering that exclusion, shaming, and discrimination causes.

robert e lewis

Our rector proposes that no EC diocese send a spouse, only a bishop, and that the funds not spent be used to support theological education for LGBT+ persons worldwide.

Sharron Lamour

I am saddened to hear the LGBTQ Bishop’s spouses are “not welcome” to attend this Conference. This is so hurtful for those affected and not representative of the love and work of Jesus. Will you not reconsider?

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