Skip to main content
Select Source:

Lambeth Conferences

Lambeth Conferences. Assemblies of the bishops of the whole Anglican Communion held about once every ten years under the presidency of the archbishop of Canterbury (whose London residence is Lambeth Palace). The first one was convened in 1867.

The ‘Lambeth Quadrilateral’, approved at the conference of 1888, remains the Anglican statement of the fourfold essential basis for a reunited Church: (i) the Bible as the ultimate rule of faith, (ii) the Apostles' and Nicene creeds, (iii) the sacraments of baptism and Lord's supper, and (iv) the ‘historic episcopate’.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Lambeth Conferences." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. . Encyclopedia.com. 16 Oct. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Lambeth Conferences." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 16, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/lambeth-conferences

"Lambeth Conferences." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. . Retrieved October 16, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/lambeth-conferences

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.

Lambeth Conference

Lambeth Conference, convocation at Lambeth Palace, London, that brings together all the bishops in the Anglican Communion. It meets about every 10 years at the invitation of the archbishop of Canterbury and is the principal instrument of international Anglican life, although it has no legislative authority over the national churches. The first convocation was held in 1867, the thirteenth in 1991.

See A. Stephenson, Anglicanism and the Lambeth Conferences (1978).

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Lambeth Conference." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. 16 Oct. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Lambeth Conference." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 16, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/lambeth-conference

"Lambeth Conference." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Retrieved October 16, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/lambeth-conference

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.

Lambeth Conference

LAMBETH CONFERENCE

The consultative assembly of bishops of the entire Anglican Communion that are held at approximately ten-year intervals at Lambeth Palace, London, under the presidency of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The initiative for these gatherings came from the bishops of Canada, who were disturbed by the liberal theology of Essays and Reviews (1860) and of Bp. John Colenso who petitioned in 1865 for a council representative of Anglicans throughout the world. Despite initial misgivings, especially in England, Abp. Charles Longley of Canterbury agreed to convene an assembly, provided that it issued no declaration of faith and no canons or decisions binding on the Church, but confine itself to counsel and encouragement. Since its inauguration, the Lambeth Conference has been a purely informal and consultative gathering of all Anglican episcopal leaders without jurisdictional power; but they have contributed greatly to Anglican unity and cohesion. Their recommendations lack binding force until enacted by local hierarchies in local synods of convocations.

The authority of Lambeth within the Anglican Communion is entirely moral, in the sense of being advisory, rather than legislative and jurisdictional. For this reason the conference normally expresses its corporate mind on issues confronting the church in documents that are commended to Anglicans throughout the world for study. These statements are commonly taken into account by the legislative and policy-making bodies of the individual member churches as being expressive of the mind of the church.

The Lambeth Conference has been criticized by some Anglicans on two counts: it consists solely of bishops, and it meets only once every decade. Since its inception until the end of the 20th century, there have been thirteen conferences. The 1968 conference took positive action to provide a fully representative pan-Anglican body made up of bishops, clergy, and laity that could meet more frequently. The result was the establishment of the Anglican Consultative Council in October 1969. In 1988, for the first time the Lambeth Conference included the full Anglican Consultative Council and episcopal representatives from churches in communion with Canterbury, namely the churches of Bangladesh, North India, South India and Pakistan, and the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht.

Bibliography: r. t. davidson, ed., The Lambeth Conferences of 1867, 1978 and 1888 (New York 1896). h. ryan, "Lambeth '68, a Roman Catholic Theological Reflection," Theological Studies 29 (1968) 597636. g. f. lytle, Lambeth Conferences Past and Present (Austin, Texas 1989). v. k. samuel, and c. sugden, Lambeth: A View from the Two Thirds World (London 1989).

[w.h. hannah/

c. e. simcox/eds.]

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Lambeth Conference." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. 16 Oct. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Lambeth Conference." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 16, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/lambeth-conference

"Lambeth Conference." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . Retrieved October 16, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/lambeth-conference

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.