The Lambeth Conference, a decennial assembly of bishops of the Anglican Communion scheduled to start on July 23 this year will be postponed for the summer of 2021.
In his letter issued on Monday, March 23, The Most Reverend Primate Justin Welby informed all bishops of the Anglican Communion that he has taken “the difficult decision to reschedule the Lambeth Conference” following consultation with the conference design group, primates and trustees in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
“In recent weeks we have been prayerfully thinking through the impact of COVID-19 on the plans and preparations for the Lambeth Conference”, states the Archbishop of Canterbury insisting that “at a time of extraordinary circumstances, it is not appropriate to continue our lives in what we thought was a ‘normal’ way.”
“God is calling us to be ‘God’s Church for God’s World’ in new and responsive ways”, says Archbishop Welby.
The meeting at Canterbury in 2021 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.