Anglican Communion Primates to attend online Primates’ Meeting next week.
The Anglican Communion Primates will meet online on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 November, for consultation, discussion and prayer.
The Primates will meet via video conference. They will reflect on their ministries and discuss a range of issues for the church and for the world, including COVID-19; COP26; ministry to refugees; and the forthcoming Lambeth Conference.
The Primates’ Meeting is one of Anglicanism’s four “Instruments of Communion” and helps to bind together the “independent but inter-dependent” provinces.
The last Primates’ Meeting was also held virtually, in November 2020. But plans are in place for an in-person Primates’ Meeting in March 2022.
The Primates’ Meeting was first developed by the then-Archbishop of Canterbury, Donald Coggan. It aims to provide the senior archbishop or presiding bishop from each province with space for “leisurely thought, prayer and deep consultation.”
On Friday 19 November, a welcome event will be held for new primates.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said: “As primates meet online from all over the world, my hope is that it will be a time of encouragement and prayer for one another. I look forward to this chance to listen deeply and learn about the challenges my fellow primates face and the hopes they have for the future of our Church. May God bless us with His Spirit, so we can seek to discern His call for us together.”
A communiqué from the meeting will be issued next week.