Unlike the formal opening service at Canterbury Cathedral, with all bishops processing in convocation robes, Lambeth’s closing service was a harmony of bright, jazzy instruments.
“Let us not forget about our differences. Let us learn to understand our differences. It is when we understand our differences we can truly work together.”
It is the Lambeth “calls” that have, rightly, received the majority of attention externally (in our observation) so far.
Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, wrote Noel Coward. Yet this surprisingly warm English summer is drawing Coward’s “Easterners” and others out as well. No siestas here as English culture is on its finest display!
When the Bishop of Pretoria, Right Reverend Dr Vincentia Kgabe preached her sermon on Sunday at the cathedral, I heard her say: “You’ve got it in you”.
Lambeth might be like a party for Bishop Paul, with all his friends in one place. For me the experience has been closer to parent teacher interviews: meeting one new person after another.
The sound of the Lambeth conference thus far is the constant hum of voices lifting in conversation.
As Anglican bishops from around the world gather at Lambeth Conference, each of Melbourne’s Assistant Bishops will be providing reflections on the event. Here Bishop Paul Barker reflects on his experience a few days into the conference.
Some Australian Anglican bishops will not attend the 15th Lambeth Conference this year for a range of reasons.
Lambeth Conference is unlikely to engage significantly with controversial topics but instead focus on relationship building, according to one Melbourne bishop.