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Same-sex exclusion from Lambeth conference ‘unfortunate’, says Canadian archbishop

By Matt Puddister

Posted 3 hours ago

[Anglican Journal (Anglican Journal of Canada)] Bishops and archbishops of the Anglican Communion around the world are preparing for the 15th Lambeth Conference, which after repeated delays is finally set to take place from July 26 to August 8.

Convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the conference is an international gathering of bishops – held at Lambeth Palace, London, as well as Canterbury Cathedral and the University of Kent, also in Canterbury – to discuss affairs of the Anglican Communion.

The last Lambeth Conference was in 2008 and the gathering usually takes place approximately every 10 years. This year’s conference was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 before being postponed first to 2021 and then to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Differences over same-sex marriage continue to loom over Lambeth. Primates and bishops from three of Africa’s largest Anglican provinces – Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda – are expected to skip the conference to protest the invitation of gay union bishops. And while the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has invited spouses of bishops in opposite-sex marriages to attend, spouses of bishops in same-sex unions are excluded.

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