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ARCHBISHOP ROWAN WILLIAMS CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL
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MALAGASY BISHOPS AT CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL
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LAMBETH CONFERENCE RETREAT IN THE CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL WHOSE MISSION STATEMENT IS '" TO SHOW PEOPLE JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS '''.
 
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July 18, 2008

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] LAMBETH CONFERENCE RETREAT IN THE CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL WHOSE MISSION STATEMENT IS '" TO SHOW PEOPLE JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS '''. Jn 12: 21
The Very Rev Robert Willis ,Dean of Canterbury introduced the Mother Church Cathedral of the Anglican Communion with these words focussed on Jesus Christ of Nazareth.The Lambeth Conference is one of the global Anglican Communion's Instruments of Communion.

It takes place every ten years at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is the one occasion when all bishops can meet for worship, study and conversation. Archbishops, diocesan, assistant and suffragan bishops are invited.

Also invited are bishops from other churches 'in communion' with the Anglican Communion, bishops from United Churches and a number of ecumenical guests.

Spouses of the 800+ bishops who attend are invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury's wife to a parallel, independent gathering: the Spouses' Conference.

The current Archbishop of Canterbury - Rowan Williams - has called the next Lambeth Conference for July 2008. His wife, Jane, will convene the Spouses' Conference.

Welcome Message from the Archbishop of Canterbury
Welcome to Canterbury for the 2008 Lambeth Conference. It is a real blessing to greet you as we begin our work together, and I pray that these days spent in reflection, prayer, discussion and fellowship will bear fruit in the life of the entire Communion in which God has called us to minister.

The chief aims of our time together are, first, that we become more confident in our Anglican identity, by deepening our awareness of how we are responsible to and for each other; and second, that we grow in energy and enthusiasm for our task of leading the work of mission in our Church.

Our ministry takes place in the context of a needy and divided world, in which there is both deep fear and great suffering. Jesus Christ says again and again to his disciples, 'Do not be afraid'. These are words which I hope will echo for us each day as we meet and talk here. But they will sound in our hearts only when we have our eyes fixed on the reality of Christ's unique saving person and on the world-transforming power of his resurrection.

Our Bible studies will help us concentrate on these things, as we are led through the Gospel of St John, reflecting on what Jesus says about himself. Our Communion is living through very difficult times and we are bound to be aware of the divisions and conflicts that have hurt us all in recent years. But, as the Lord says (John 16:33), it is in union with him that we shall find peace.

And that peace will be what makes the difference in our common life as a Church. More than that, it will be what shapes our whole engagement with the world. We do not offer a peace that is simply the result of the world's processes, but the peace of the Son's union with the Father in the Spirit, the eternal but ever-moving outpouring of love in communion. As we receive this and live our way into it, our whole vision of how the world is to be transfigured will change and develop.

In our Bible study groups and in the 'Indaba' groups that will meet daily, in which we hope everyone will feel able to give full voice to their aspirations and concerns, it is this vision that we must keep fresh. May God help all of us to be open to his leading and open to one another in Christ as we seek his will. God bless you in the days ahead. Remember that you are welcome here in Christ's name, welcome as a precious gift to the whole fellowship. May we be one so that the world will believe.

+Rowan Cantuar:
Archbishop of Canterbury

Welcome from Mrs Jane Williams
In his letter to the Romans, St Paul says, 'I am longing to see you so that …we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith' (Romans 1.11-12). That is exactly I how feel.

I am looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at the Lambeth Spouses' Programme of the Lambeth Conference 2008, because I know that God will bless us and encourage us through each other.

Our programme is going to be packed with inspiring speakers, looking at some of the most urgent issues facing us as human beings made in God's image. Then there will be workshops where we can deepen our faith and equip ourselves as God's messengers, opportunities to relax, and an expectation that we learn from each other. And above all, our time together will be in the context of worship, Bible study and prayer, so that we do not try to do God's work in our own strength but are, in all things, guided by the Holy Spirit.

Teams of people across the world have been praying for us and will continue to do so as we meet. God will be with us. My hopes are very high.

Mrs Jane Williams