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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’.

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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).

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