Primates meet in Jordan ahead of Lambeth Conference

Jan 20, 2020 by

by Joelle Kidd, Anglican Journal:

Primates from 33 of the Anglican Communion’s 40 provinces met in Jordan Jan. 13-15 for the last full primates’ meeting before the 2020 Lambeth Conference of Bishops.

According to a communique issued from the meeting, the primates were “updated on plans for the [Lambeth Conference], both practical and programmatic. We discussed how the fruits of our discussions at the Lambeth Conference might be widely communicated and we explored how the bishops, gathered together in conference, might ‘invite’ the church and the world to join us as we collaborate in God’s mission of building God’s Church for God’s world.”

The communique also notes that the Archbishop of Canterbury set up a task group at the 2016 primates’ meeting to “look at how we might walk together despite the complexities we face.” The task group reported to the 2020 meeting, and its work was commended to the Lambeth Conference and Anglican Consultative Council, the communique says. “We recommend that a group be appointed to continue the work of the Task Group to explore how we live and work together in the light of the Lambeth Conference.” The communique also invites Anglican churches to “set apart the Fifth Sunday of Lent (29 March 2020) as a day to focus on the Prayers of Repentance produced by the Task Group.”

Controversy was stirred around the 2020 Lambeth Conference in February 2019, after Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby decided not to invite same-sex spouses to the conference.

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