The Lambeth convention was delayed till 2022 resulting from Covid 19 considerations

The Lambeth convention was delayed till 2022 resulting from Covid 19 considerations

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Justin Welby said the corona virus would likely hinder logistics and travel for "for the foreseeable future."

The Lambeth conference, which brings together bishops of the global Anglican community, was set back two years by Covid-19.

The event was due to begin in Canterbury, Kent later this month and was attended by over a thousand bishops and their spouses from around the world.

When the pandemic spread earlier this year, it was announced in March that the conference, which takes place approximately every ten years, should be postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the effects of Covid-19 on travel and large gatherings.

However, this has now been revised again to postpone the conference to 2022 in view of the continuing uncertainty.

In an announcement on Wednesday, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said that while the conference was "hugely important", planning in "such an unstable climate was extremely difficult".

Although social detachment and blocking measures are being relaxed in some parts of the world, the archbishop said it was likely that this would "travel" for the foreseeable future and that logistics would "hinder" and that there would be "significant risk" of a second or even third wave .

He was concerned about the lack of vaccines and the prospect of an economic downturn after the closure, and said that the challenges of today should be taken "very seriously".

At the same time, the archbishop paid tribute to bishops and primates around the world who played a key role in supporting their congregations during the crisis.

"We all live in very complicated times," he said.

"And the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic has changed our priorities and needs. Each of us has known the effects of it."

He added: "The safety and health of delegates is a top priority."

The archbishop spoke of his hope that the restrictions on large meetings and travel might be lifted by 2022 enough to make the conditions for the conference "more favorable".

He added that organizational teams would continue to develop resources and advise bishops on the priorities of the conference program.

The resources include group discussion tools and special papers on issues related to the Anglican community and will be made available in the coming months via an app and an online resource hub.

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