The Lambeth Conference is a meeting of bishops who lead dioceses in the global Anglican Communion. It has been taking place roughly once a decade since the first Lambeth conference in 1867. The goal of the conference is for the bishops and their spouses to pray together, study the Bible together, and talk together about the direction in which the church should go and its responses to various important issues within the church and around the world.
After Lambeth concludes, the Anglican Church has often published resolutions made at the conference to help guide the global church. Since the churches within the global Anglican Communion are bound by tradition, loyalty, and the will to walk and work together rather than by any single authority or statement of doctrine, Lambeth resolutions do not have legal or legislative authority. They do, however, have a great deal of spiritual authority and strong influence on the direction that churches within the Anglican Communion will proceed for the next decade.
Above, you’ll find a video in which Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby outlines the plan for the 2021 Lambeth Conference, which will be held at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England from July 22 through August 2, 2021. This video gives you an overview of some of the most important activities and issues that Lambeth 2021 will cover.
In this course, the Rev. Charles Robertson discusses the history and purpose of the Lambeth conference and the goals and issues central to the 2021 Lambeth Conference. He highlights the relationship between Lambeth 2021 and Lambeth 1920 — conferences separated by a century (at least, they were when the Lambeth conference was expected to be held in 2020), yet facing some of the same challenges. Finally, he discusses the relationship between The Episcopal Church and the global Anglican Communion and the role the Lambeth conference plays in building that relationship.
This class is ideal for anyone interested in learning more about what the Lambeth Conference is about or about the global Anglican Communion. For a preview of the course, please click here.