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The Lambeth Conference is convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the most senior archbishop in the Anglican church, every ten years. He invites over 800 archbishops and bishops of all ranks from the worldwide Anglican Communion to meet for worship, study and conversation. It is called the Lambeth Conference because the Archbishop of Canterbury's palace is at Lambeth, in London, England.
Bishops from other churches held to be 'in communion' with the Anglican church, including bishops from the Episcopal Church in the United States and a number of guests from other faiths, are also invites.
The wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury invites the spouses of the invitees to an independent gathering, the Spouses Conference, held in parallel with the Lambeth Conference.
The current Archbishop of Canterbury is Archbishop Rowan Williams.
The last Lambeth conference was held in July 2008.