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'God Wills Fellowship' Colloquium

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'God Wills Fellowship’: Lambeth Conference 1920 and the Ecumenical Vocation of Anglicanism

Colloquium at Lambeth Palace, in partnership with Westminster Abbey and the Living Church Institute

Co-sponsored by Virginia Theological Seminary, Communion Partners and Wycliffe College, Toronto

Conference History and Overview

Meeting in the aftermath of the Great War, the bishops who convened for the Lambeth Conference in 1920 felt themselves ‘drawn by a Power greater than themselves to a general agreement’ regarding the contours of a new approach to Christian unity, embodied in the famous and influential ‘Appeal to all Christian people.’

In preparation for the centenary of the Lambeth Appeal that will coincide with the next Lambeth Conference, this conference will review the legacy of 1920 and ask what the ecumenical vocation of Anglicanism might be today.

Conference Outline

WED, 2 OCTOBER

The colloquium will begin with a keynote lecture at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey in the afternoon.

Participants will join Evening Prayer at Westminster Abbey before dinner in the Great Hall at Lambeth Palace.

THURS, 3 OCTOBER

There will be four sessions for the colloquium, taking place again in the Great Hall at Lambeth Palace.

  • The first will reflect on how in the aftermath of the First World War the 1920 Lambeth Appeal wove together a vision for unity with its understanding of the Anglican Communion.
  • The second will evaluate the Anglican contribution to the search for unity during the central decades of the twentieth century.
  • In the third, the focus will shift to the present to ask the question: what is the vocation of Anglicanism in seeking the unity of the church today?
  • The final session will give an opportunity to consider key themes and questions that have emerged during the colloquium, and what action might be needed to renew witness of the Anglican Communion to the truth that ‘God wills fellowship’.

PRE-COLLOQUIUM SEMINAR

The colloquium will be preceded by a seminar at Lambeth Palace on Wednesday 2nd October for students of Anglican theology, including seminarians, and bishops and other clergy of the Anglican Communion. The seminar will be led by some of the contributors to the colloquium.

Visible Legacy of Lambeth 1920

Lambeth 1920 set the trajectory and shaped the terms for global Faith and Order ecumenism and located Anglicans at the heart of this work, borne by our own ‘historical traditions’ and ‘spiritual sympathies.’ It is a trajectory that came to encompass the formation of united churches, including the Church of South India and the Church of North India; agreed statements from international dialogues; and landmark ecumenical texts such as Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (1982).

It has also deeply influenced the development of Anglican ecclesiology and reflection on what it means to be a communion of churches, as documented by successive standing commissions and in the Windsor and Covenant processes.

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Registration comes in two options for the Colloquium: Seminar & Colloquium and Colloquium only.

It is also possible to register free of charge for the opening lecture only at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey, to be given by Ephraim Radner on 'Is there a rationale for the Anglican Communion?'. Entry to this lecture is included in the Seminar & Colloquium ticket and in the Colloquium only ticket.

Limited bursaries are available to assist those in need of financial assistance. Please email info.ccu@churchofengland.org for details on how to apply.

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For inquiries about the event: info.ccu@churchofengland.org

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