The Lambeth Commission on Communion

The Lambeth Commission on Communion was established by the Archbishop of Canterbury in October 2003, following the special Primates' Meeting called that month in Lambeth Palace to discuss developments in the Anglican Episcopal churches of North America, which were of a controversial nature. These pages set out the work of the Commission, their mandate, members, and submissions received

The Commission reported to the Archbishop of Canterbury in October 2004, and issued its findings in the Windsor Report 2004.


The Archbishop of Canterbury requests the Commission:

  1. to examine and report to him by 30th September 2004, in preparation for the ensuing meetings of the Primates and the Anglican Consultative Council, on the legal and theological implications flowing from the decisions of the Episcopal Church (USA) to appoint a priest in a committed same sex relationship as one of its bishops, and of the Diocese of New Westminster to authorise services for use in connection with same sex unions, and specifically on the canonical understandings of communion, impaired and broken communion, and the ways in which provinces of the Anglican Communion may relate to one another in situations where the ecclesiastical authorities of one province feel unable to maintain the fullness of communion with another part of the Anglican Communion
  2. within their report, to include practical recommendations (including reflection on emerging patterns of provision for episcopal oversight for those Anglicans within a particular jurisdiction, where full communion within a province is under threat) for maintaining the highest degree of communion that may be possible in the circumstances resulting from these decisions, both within and between the churches of the Anglican Communion
  3. thereafter, as soon as practicable, and with particular reference to the issues raised in Section IV of the Report of the Lambeth Conference 1998, to make recommendations to the Primates and the Anglican Consultative Council, as to the exceptional circumstances and conditions under which, and the means by which, it would be appropriate for the Archbishop of Canterbury to exercise an extraordinary ministry of episcope (pastoral oversight), support and reconciliation with regard to the internal affairs of a province other than his own for the sake of maintaining communion with the said province and between the said province and the rest of the Anglican Communion
  4. in its deliberations, to take due account of the work already undertaken on issues of communion by the Lambeth Conferences of 1988 and 1998, as well as the views expressed by the Primates of the Anglican Communion in the communiqués and pastoral letters arising from their meetings since 2000.


  • Archbishop Robin Eames,
    Primate of All Ireland, Chairman
  • The Revd Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan,
    Director of Faith, Worship and Ministry, Anglican Church of Canada
  • Bishop David Beetge,
    Dean of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa
  • Professor Norman Doe,
    Director of the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University, Wales,
  • Bishop Mark Dyer,
    Director of Spiritual Formation, Virginia Theological Seminary, USA
  • Archbishop Drexel Gomez,
    Primate of the West Indies
  • Archbishop Josiah Iduwo-Fearon,
    Archbishop of Kaduna, the Anglican Church of Nigeria
  • The Revd Dorothy Lau,
    Director of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council
  • Ms Anne McGavin,
    Advocate, formerly Legal Adviser to the College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church
    Ms McGavin resigned for personal reasons after the first meeting of the Commission.
  • Archbishop Bernard Malango,
    Primate of Central Africa
  • Dr Esther Mombo,
    Academic Dean of St Paul's United Theological Seminary, Limuru, Kenya
  • Archbishop Barry Morgan,
    Primate of Wales
    Archbishop Morgan was unable to be present at the first meeting of the Commission.
  • Chancellor Rubie Nottage,
    Chancellor of the West Indies
    Mrs Nottage was unable to be present at the second meeting of the Commission.
  • Bishop John Paterson,
    Bishop of Auckland, and Chair of the Anglican Consultative Council
  • Dr Jenny Te Paa,
    Principal of College of Saint John the Evangelist, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Bishop James Terom,
    Moderator, the Church of North India
  • Bishop N Thomas Wright,
    Bishop of Durham, the Church of England.

  • Staff

  • The Revd Canon Gregory Cameron,
    Director of Ecumenical Affairs and Studies, Anglican Communion Office,
    Secretary to the Commission
  • The Revd Canon John Rees,
    Legal Adviser to the Anglican Consultative Council,
    Legal Consultant to the Commission

  • Administrative Assistants

  • The Revd Terrie Robinson,
    Anglican Communion Office
  • Mrs Christine Codner,
    Anglican Communion Office

  • Media

  • The Revd Brian Parker,
    Church of Ireland Press Office


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