The Lambeth convention of the Anglican bishops was postponed to 2021 due to the corona virus

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Monday, March 23, 2020, 6:20 p.m. GMT

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The Lambeth conference, a large gathering of bishops from across the Anglican community, has been postponed to 2021 due to the corona virus.

The meeting takes place approximately every ten years and should start in late July in Canterbury, Kent. Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, announced today that it was postponed for next year in the light of COVID. 19 pandemic.

A spokesman for the conference said the decision was made after consulting various stakeholders, including other primates, and after praying for several weeks with the involvement of the organizing teams.

The announcement follows the imposition of travel restrictions by many countries around the world, including the UK, to curb the spread of the virus.

The archbishop discussed these developments in a video message saying that the bishops should be with the sufferers.

"The place of a bishop in a difficult time is the place of a shepherd when the wolf attacks the herd. It is to be with them. To be with them. To love them. To suffer with them," he said.

"Because of the corona virus, travel around the world is severely restricted and the time we will spend with these restrictions is unknown.

"For these reasons, we have decided to postpone and postpone the conference and to propose it fairly well by 2021 so that we as bishops in the Anglican world can be good shepherds as bishops in the Anglican world and can encourage the Church to be there same time."

However, the archbishop wanted to emphasize that the conference would definitely still take place, albeit at a later time than planned.

"We absolutely don't cancel," said the archbishop.

"When we get together, it will be in a world that is being changed by what is happening, and it is becoming increasingly important that we meet to pray, study the scriptures, hear the Word of God, to comfort, to gain a new vision of what it means to be God’s Church for God’s world. "

He noted that the 1920 Lambeth conference should have originally taken place in 1918, but was delayed due to the First World War.

Last week the government updated its official advice to tell people to avoid large gatherings. By the end of last week, the guidelines had changed again to discourage all but essential travel. Since then, the government has said it is ready to take further measures to enforce social distance after people flocked to the parks and beauty spots at the weekend.

A spokesman for the Lambeth Conference Company, the nonprofit that runs the conference on behalf of the archbishop, said delegates' health must come first.

"This major meeting of Anglican bishops and spouses will continue to be planned with an exciting and engaging program that will take place just a year later in the same location at the University of Kent and Canterbury Cathedral," said the spokesman.

"We are aware that this will be a major disappointment for all registered participants. Whether as a delegate to an event, participation in the hospitality program, contribution to the conference program, part of our Resource Center or as a volunteer or steward at the Lambeth conference in particular The largest conference to date should take place in 2020.

"However, the health and safety of our event participants is a top priority."

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