The International Director of the World Evangelical Alliance, Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe, was at the Lambeth Conference last week (21 to 24 July) at the special invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.
Dr Tunnicliffe was at the once-in-a-decade conference of Anglican bishops to continue to build bridges with the Anglican Communion and connect particularly with the Evangelical bishops taking part.
Dr Tunnicliffe also took the opportunity to show his support for the Micah Challenge initiative by joining in the Walk of Witness on 24 July that saw around 1,500 bishops, other faith leaders and heads of charity march past the UK Parliament and Downing Street in London to call on governments to intensify efforts to eradicate poverty.
Reflecting on his visit, Dr Tunnicliffe said, “I’ve been encouraged by the warmth with which I have been received and I’ve been stimulated by the significant conversations that have taken place around the many issues facing the global church.”
Earlier in his visit to Lambeth, Dr Tunnicliffe joined the Archbishop of Canterbury and several bishops in a private meeting with the UK’s Minister of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander.
“I was happy to be able to affirm the UK’s commitment to collaborate with faith communities whilst urging the UK Government to use their influence on other nations and global bodies like the UN, the Group of Eight and the EU, to deepen their commitment to working more in partnership with the faith community.”
Joining Dr Tunnicliffe at the Lambeth Conference was the General Director of the UK Evangelical Alliance, Joel Edwards.
He said: “As a guest at the Lambeth Conference, the hospitality was excellent but I also feel very privileged to have been a small part of an important conference which will have been a watershed in terms of its profile on justice as well as dealing with critical issues in the Anglican Communion.”
Dr Tunnicliffe also joined bishops as they met the Queen at Buckingham Palace and joined in a lunch reception with the UK’s Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, at the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official residence, Lambeth Palace.
Dr Tunnicliffe will be one of the contributors at a major inter-faith dialogue at Yale University later this week.