The Lambeth Conference is convened every ten years by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the most senior archbishop in the Church of England. 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. The current Archbishop of Canterbury is Archbishop Rowan Williams.
Bishops from other churches that are 'in communion' with the Anglican church and guests from other faiths are also invited.
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 last Lambeth conference was held in July 2008.