March 2020: “Following consultation with the Lambeth Conference Design Group, Primates and trustees of the Lambeth Conference Company, The Archbishop of Canterbury has taken the important decision to reschedule the Lambeth Conference to the summer of 2021.
This significant meeting of Anglican bishops and spouses will continue to be planned- with an exciting and engaging programme, being held in the same venue at the University of Kent and Canterbury Cathedral – just one year on.” Read the announcement from Lambeth Palace.
As a diocese, we are are suspending our recruitment of hosts for the bishops, but hope to update you on plans for 2021 later in the year.
In July and August 2020, bishops from around the world will be gathering in Canterbury for the The Lambeth Conference 2020. 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 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”.
For more information about the conference, including how to sign up for updates and resources, visit the Lambeth Conference website.
The Big Hello
As part of the Big Hello hospitality programme, the Diocese of Bath and Wells is hoping to find 19 hosts in each of our deaneries for the 19 bishops, plus their spouses, who will be visiting the diocese.
Maika Scales, Programme Co-ordinator, says, “In the spirit of the ‘Big Hello’ we hope to accommodate the bishops in homes spread across the diocese, to show the bishops the wonderful diversity of our diocese and the good work we are doing, but also to give parishes the opportunity to engage with clergy from across the Anglican Communion.
“They will arrive in the diocese late on Thursday, 16 July and stay with hosts for a few days, before travelling to Canterbury on Wednesday, 22 July. After enjoying a day of rest we hope the Bishops can enjoy the wider hospitality of the deanery, preach at a local service and attend a garden party at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells on the Sunday. The bishops will then return to their host deanery and attend further deanery events before leaving them on Tuesday afternoon.”
The bishops will be stay in Wells on Tuesday evening, dining with the Bishop of Bath and Wells, prior to visiting to Bath on Wednesday morning. They will then travel straight up to Canterbury to take part in the conference.
If you are interested in hosting a bishop in your home from 16 July to 21 July 2020 please complete the form below.