​ Giving bishops from poorest countries in the world a voice

Bishops from some of the poorest countries in the world will be able to make their voice heard at the Lambeth 2020 Conference, thanks to bursary funding from Allchurches Trust.

The £750,000 bursary support will enable more than 100 bishops – many of whom serve dioceses torn apart by conflict and persecution – to give voice to the challenges and opportunities facing the Global South at the conference and their churches’ role in peace-making, lifting people out of poverty, and giving them hope and a future.

“Our bursary support will enable bishops from some of the poorest countries in the world – many of whom serve dioceses torn apart by conflict and persecution – to attend Lambeth 2020,” said the chairman of Allchurches Trust, Sir Philip Mawer.

“They will be able to give voice to the challenges and opportunities facing the Global South and play a key role in shaping the priorities for the Anglican Communion worldwide, from building bridges between nations and communities to tackling our environmental impact.

“They will also return to their dioceses better equipped to lead and direct local church life and deliver their mission.”

The Lambeth Conference is a once-a-decade gathering of the bishops of the Anglican Communion. Held at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the next one will take place from 24 July to 3 August 2020 at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

Every serving bishop from the Anglican Communion will be invited to the gathering. The biggest challenge faced by the organisers is the cost of travel, including the cost of visa applications. Many bishops and their spouses will have to travel to a third country for a visa application interview and return to that third country to collect a visa before being allowed to board a flight to the UK.

It is common in many provinces for clergy salaries to be under $50 a month and for partners to share the ministry role. Bishops’ wives are often on the front line. For the 2008 Conference, 40% of bishops needed a bursary to attend. It is expected that 50% will require partial or full financial support to attend Lambeth 2020.

You can watch the video of Sir Philip Mawer, chairman of Allchurches Trust, explaining more about why the Trust has agreed to fund the bursary at http://www.anglicannews.org/

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