Day one of the Lambeth Conference

July 21, 2008 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

It seems like a long time since 650 bishops arrived here at the University of Kent in Canterbury, but after a period of retreat and a magnificent opening service in Canterbury Cathedral, we finally got the conference proper under way today. Each day begins with the eucharist at the challenging time of 7.15 a.m. which means an early 20 minute walk for most of the english bishops from our rooms a mile or so from the “Big Top” where the worship takes place. Then comes a 75 minute Bible Study in small groups of 8 and then the brand new idea for this conference: the Indaba or Village Gathering where groups of 40 or so meet on the theme of the day. Today’s theme has been around Anglican Identity. So, as the newspapers ask- are we seeing the end of the Anglican Communion? It certainly doesn’t feel like it here where the energy, the pride in the Communion and respect for the Archbishop of Canterbury are everywhere to be seen. But we have 2 weeks still to go and most of the difficult questions are still to be discussed. Watch this space…


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