The Lambeth Conference is one of the global Anglican Communion's Instruments of Communion.
It takes place every ten years at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is the one occasion when all bishops can meet for worship, study and conversation. Archbishops, diocesan, assistant and suffragan bishops are invited.
Also invited are bishops from other churches 'in communion' with the Anglican Communion, bishops from United Churches and a number of ecumenical guests.
The previous Archbishop of Canterbury - Rowan Williams - called the last Lambeth Conference for July 2008. In 2008, Spouses of the 800+ bishops who attended were invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury's wife, Jane, to a parallel, independent gathering: the Spouses' Conference.