The Archbishop of Canterbury announced on Wednesday, July 8, that the Lambeth Conference of 2020 is being once again rescheduled, this time to the summer of 2022.
Back in March it was announced that the Conference, a decennial assembly of bishops of the Anglican Communion, would need to be rescheduled to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and global restrictions on travel and mass gatherings. The conference was supposed to start on July 23 this year.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic the Archbishop of Canterbury and conference planning teams have been monitoring the situation and have also undertaken ongoing consultations with Primates, bishops and spouses about the impact of COVID-19 in their countries before making the decision to reschedule the Lambeth conference to the British summer of 2022.
“At with most large scale events and conferences of this nature – planning for events in such an unstable climate is difficult. As an international gathering (the Lambeth Conference invites bishops and spouses from over 165 countries) there are a significant number of uncertainties that make preparations for a 2021 meeting challenging”, reads the statement issued on Wednesday.
The meeting at Canterbury in 2022 will be the fifteenth gathering of this kind. The first Lambeth Conference took place in 1867. The last time all Anglican bishops were convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury was in 2008.