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Waiting a Year

by Michael Ford last modified 26 Mar, 2020 10:00 PM

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.

In a statement, they said:

"In recent weeks, the organising teams for the Lambeth Conference have been prayerfully thinking through the impact of coronavirus pandemic on the plans and preparations for this important event.

"Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Lambeth Conference Company has been monitoring the situation and following advice from public health authorities.

"The public health risk of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom has now been assessed as ‘high’ by the UK’s Chief Medical Officers and a wide range of governmental measures are in place to respond to the health crisis.

"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.

"We recognise that this will be a significant disappointment for all those registered to attend. Whether it’s as an event delegate; participating in the hospitality programme; contributing to the conference programme; being part of our Resource Centre or serving as a volunteer or steward at the event. Especially as the Lambeth Conference in 2020 was set to be the largest conference yet.

"However, the health and safety of our event attendees is our utmost priority. In addition, the global travel restrictions and quarantine implications will present many people with huge challenges in their travel plans.

"We also recognise bishops and spouses attending the Lambeth Conference will be playing a vital leadership and pastoral role in their Provinces and dioceses as together the Anglican Communion seeks to respond to COVID-19 around the globe."

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