Lambeth Conference

'Come and express your difference', Archbishop urges Anglicans against Lambeth Conference boycott

Sun 10 Feb 2019
By Alex Williams

Anglican leaders from around the globe are being urged not to shun a gathering of bishops next year but to come and "express your difference".

The Archbishop of Cape Town's plea comes as a conservative colleague has reiterated his call for a boycott of the Lambeth Conference in 2020, branding it an "obstacle to the gospel".

But Thabo Makgoba, part of the group tasked by the Archbishop of Canterbury Most Rev Justin Welby with organising the summit in Canterbury, told members of the international Anglican community they "need each other".


Addressing the Anglican Communion in a video, he said: "I know people talk about the fabric of the communion as torn but we are all fallible human beings in need of God's love and grace, and we need each other."

Disagreements concerning matters such as homosexuality and marriage have highlighted staunch differences between progressive and traditionalist branches of the worldwide Anglican Church.


Last week, the Archbishop of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh cited the recent same-sex wedding of the Assistant Bishop of Toronto inside an Anglican cathedral as indicative of his concerns over the Church's trajectory.

Archbishop Okoh said: "This step by the Anglican Church of Canada underlines the urgency of our advice in the Jerusalem 2018 'Letter to the Churches' warning against attending the 2020 Lambeth Conference as currently constituted."



He is among members of the conservative Anglican movement GAFCON (the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans) who have spoken out against the 2020 Lambeth Conference.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Thabo, a senior figure in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, urged leaders to "come and express your difference in this beautiful space which is a gift from God".


He continued: "Whether you agree with where the communion is, whether you don't agree, come and express your difference in this beautiful space which is a gift from God.

"Don't just stay at home and say 'I'm not going'".

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