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Journalists Must Agree with Principles of the Conference or Be Denied Accreditation

The 2022 Lambeth Conference will only grant press accreditation to those who agree with the “principles of the conference” according to the official website and “Media Pack” download.

“Media accreditation is reserved for media professionals and freelancers (print, photo, radio, television, film, news agencies and online media) who represent an official media organisation.

Accreditation is granted on proof of a track record of reporting for media organisations. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

“The Lambeth Conference reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of journalists from media organisations whose activities run counter to the principles of the spirit of the conference, or put the accreditation to improper use or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the organisation.”

It remains to be seen how the staff at Lambeth Palace will enforce the strictures on either the secular press let alone the various Christian outlets.  

Lambeth Conferences started in 1867 and this will be the fifteenth gathering of Anglican bishops from across the Anglican Communion.  Two conservative provinces have said they will not attend due to theological disputes with those in support of same-sex marriage and the ordination of practicing homosexuals into the ministry of the church.  At present, the bishops of Nigeria and Uganda, the two largest Anglican provinces in terms of members, will not attend.  It is likely those numbers will grow.  

The Anglican Church in North America has been denied an invitation by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  It has more weekly attendance than either the Church in Wales or the Scottish Episcopal Church.

According to information provided by the Lambeth Conference media office, the purposes and aims of the conference are:  

• Enable bishops to join in prayer, worship and Biblical reflection.

• Resource and encourage bishops in their local ministries, supporting their pastoral and leadership roles in church life and mission.

• Grow bonds of fellowship and common understanding amongst bishops.

• Dialogue on matters of common interest in church and world affairs.

• Develop statements on a range of key topics relevant to church life.

  • Share a call to action on global issues.
  • Speakers and special guests will include influencers and leaders from the faith, business and charitable sectors.