19 July 2008
"ALONGSIDE LAMBETH" OFFERS PROGRAMME FOR ALL COMERS
CANTERBURY, UK— Plans for this Lambeth Conference originally included an Anglican Congress that would have drawn lay and ordained Anglicans [not just bishops] from across the world to meet and learn together. Those plans were changed but Lambeth still draws many people—some coming as volunteers, others as visitors. Integrity USA is delighted that Thinking Anglicans and Inclusive Church have joined forces to offer a program "Alongside Lambeth" for those who are not participating in the bishop's conference.
Each morning at 11am there will be a brief devotional time near the Marketplace Café, followed by Bible studies in small groups. Many of the Bible studies will come from "Signs on the Way"—which focuses on St John's Gospel and complements the Bible studies in which the bishops and their spouses will take part during the Lambeth Conference. This has been prepared by the Lambeth Planning Team as a way for Anglicans to be present in spirit with the bishops.
Later in the morning there will be an opportunity for discussions and buzz groups. Each afternoon a variety of speakers will offer talks and discussions on similar topics to the ones the bishops are considering. Speakers include Sue Burns, Eric Beresford, Jenny TePaa, Giles Goddard, Dianna Gwilliam, Andrew Wingate, and Rowan Smith.
The afternoon talks will take place at St Stephen's Church and will be followed by Evening Prayer at 5pm. Clergy from St Stephen's are available for prayer and spiritual counsel, as are several other clergy. Chaplaincy services are available to anyone attending the conference in whatever capacity and can be arranged by contacting the Rev. Caro Hall, Inclusive Church Network chaplain, at 07503-681-408 or through the Inclusive Church stall.
"Alongside Lambeth" is open to everyone at no charge. Unlike other Fringe Events, no prior sign up is necessary. More information is available at the Inclusive Church stall in the Marketplace. Click here for a PDF flyer with details.
Press contact in the UK:
Louise Brooks, Senior Press Officer, +44 (0)7503 695 579, firstname.lastname@example.org
Press contact in the USA:
Jan Adams, Field Organizer, +1-415-378-2050, email@example.com