From my perspective, the Lambeth Spouses Conference of 2008 feels a lot more open and spiritually centred than that of 1998. I believe this reflects the faith and wisdom of Mrs. Jane Williams, Archbishop Rowan's wife, and coordinator of the 2008 spouses program. She is giving us plenty of time to explore more of our stories through bible study, plenaries, workshops and worship and the music is truly wonderful. I hope to share it with you when I return.
We've also just begun more meaty sessions with yesterday learning more about climate change and its effect on our lives in both the polar north and south. As in '98, though, the highlight for me at Lambeth is the faith I receive from my sisters in vastly different communities from that in
We were moved to tears by a spouse's story of living as a religious minority in a country where blasphemy laws, Taliban and Al-Qaeda raiders make it impossible to know if her husband would be returning from a parish visit. Another woman tells of being woken up any time of night when someone comes to her doorstep with three homeless orphans whose mother has just died of AIDS and whose grandmother has died of tuberculosis.