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Lambeth Conference 2008The three formal Instruments of Communion are the Lambeth Conference, the Anglican Consultative Council and the Primates' Meeting. The Lambeth Conference is a gathering of the bishops of the Anglican Communion, at the personal invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, that usually takes place every ten years. The first was held in 1867 at Lambeth Palace, but as numbers grew the Conference moved to Canterbury. The Anglican Consultative Council was formed following a resolution of the 1968 Lambeth Conference. It brings together bishops, clergy and laity from around the Provinces and churches of the Communion every three years. The Archbishop of Canterbury is its President. The Primates Meeting, which the Archbishop of Canterbury convenes, brings together the senior archbishop or bishop (sometimes called "moderator") of each Province for prayer and reflection on matters of shared concern.

An article about the history of the Lambeth Conference can be found here

See also: Lambeth Conference website, Anglican Consultative Council and Primates' Meetings (external links)

Recent items relating to Lambeth Conference, the Anglican Consultative Council and the Primates' Meeting are shown below:

May 2008

Archbishop of Canterbury's Pentecost Letter to the Bishops of the Anglican Communion
12 May 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today sent an open letter to the bishops of the…

February 2008

Presidential Address to the Opening of General Synod February 2008
11 February 2008
Videos and transcripts of the presidential address by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams,…

January 2008

Interview with Roger Bolton for The Sunday Programme on Radio 4
27 January 2008
The following transcript of the Archbishop talking to Roger Bolton is from the Sunday Programme recorded…

Launch of Lambeth Conference 2008
21 January 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams launched the official programme for the Lambeth Conference…

Questions and Answers from the Launch of Lambeth Conference
21 January 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and his wife Mrs Jane Williams, answer questions about…

December 2007

The Archbishop's Advent Letter to Primates, 2007
14 December 2007
Letter sent to Primates of the Anglican Communion & Moderators of the United Churches, 14 December 2007.

October 2007

Archbishops' Slavery Film Shares Top Media Prize
12 October 2007
A film showing the shaken reactions of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on seeing the site of a…

June 2007

A Clarification in Relation to the Times Report
29 June 2007
In the Times report of 29 June stating that 'Gene Robinson is to be invited to the Lambeth Conference…

Time Magazine Interview
18 June 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury is on the front cover of the European and African editions of Time Magazine.…

May 2007

First Invitations Sent for 'Reflective and Learning-Based Lambeth Conference
22 May 2007
The first invitations for the 2008 Lambeth Conference, to be held in Canterbury next summer, were sent…

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