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I’m pleased to say that I have arrived safely at the Lambeth Conference. I will do a proper update later on this afternoon on the Church Times blog, which is where I will be keeping my main Lambeth Diary. Irritatingly I’ve been having various computer problems, hence the lack of updates so far.
I couldn’t resist one picture though – this is my special ‘cartoonist in residence’ tent, which I will be resident in from tomorrow. The big blue tent in the background is the tent for bishops. Theirs is bigger, but then there are more of them.
Posted by Dave at 2:22 pm on July 15, 2008 and filed under Cartooning, Lambeth 08, Lambeth Conference.
…and look what is in it. More details later.
[By the way - I am aware that my blog page does not work well for Internet Explorer users with small screens - the image and all the blog content drops right down to the bottom of the page. This is more likely to happen if I use 500 pixel wide images from Flickr like this one rather than the 400 pixel wide ones I usually stick to for this very reason.
If any CSS wizard can advise me what I can do to stop this happening I would be incredibly grateful. I have spent three years trying to work this out (not continually) and have been unsuccessful thus far]
Update: How does that look to everyone? [Technical aside: I have used overflow: hidden] If nothing looks out of the ordinary that is a good thing.
Posted by Dave at 10:46 am on July 9, 2008 and filed under Books, Lambeth 08, Lambeth Conference, Sent via mobile telephone.
Whilst I’m on an ‘asking for things’ day…
As I’ve mentioned here I’m going to have a stand in the ‘Marketplace‘ area at the Lambeth Conference. It will have books, calendars, cards, cartoon licence information and suchlike. I have a small team of people who are kindly helping me to run it, but I could do with one or two more people.
The dates are as follows: Monday 21 July – Saturday 2 August, closed on Thursday 24 July and Sunday 27 July. Opening times are 11am to 9pm except on the final Saturday when it closes at 6pm. The Marketplace is open to the public as well as all of the bishops, spouses and everyone else involved.
I am looking for anyone who would enjoy helping with such a thing who would be willing to be around even for a single day. Food would be provided and I do have some accommodation available for those able to help for several days. I plan to have several people around on each day to look after the stand so that there are plenty of opportunities for breaks, mingling with bishops etc. The number of people I will need does depend upon various factors – the plans of one or two people I’m still waiting to hear from being one. If you might be interested send me a message and we can talk.
I forgot to say – there will be special badges.
Posted by Dave at 12:07 pm on May 27, 2008 and filed under Festivals and Exhibitions, Lambeth 08, Religion.
The Anglican Journal is the independent national Newspaper of the Anglican Church of Canada.
From the latest issue: Cartoonist’s role at meeting of bishops a bit sketchy.
Posted by Dave at 2:24 pm on May 4, 2008 and filed under Anglican goings-on, Cartooning, Lambeth 08, Religion.
YouTube – Archbishop launches Lambeth Conference 2008 programme
YouTube – Lambeth 2008 question & answer session part 1
YouTube – Lambeth 2008 question & answer session part 2
All of these can be found on the band new website for the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Archbishop of York also has a brand new site, so he needn’t feel left out. The announcement about these new websites is here.
Sorry to not post more today. I’ve been having a bit of an ‘ideas not being there when I need them’ nightmare day.
Posted by Dave at 5:51 pm on January 22, 2008 and filed under Anglican goings-on, Lambeth 08, Religion.
Today I went to the launch of the Lambeth Conference at Lambeth Palace.
I arrived wearing a suit and sensible shoes. I was ushered into the presence of the gatekeeper (we’ll call him ‘Saint Peter’) where a book was opened and an A4 sheet was perused, but alas, my name was not found on the list. I was sent into a purgatorial waiting room where I chatted to one or two others whose names were found not to be on the scroll.
Eventually we were summoned forth and escorted to the press conference where there was coffee and mingling time. I sat near the back as I am not a journalist, which is fair enough really. My pictures are therefore not brilliant, but not bad considering they were taken on my mobile phone.
There were various speeches introducing the forthcoming Lambeth Conference. I’ll provide links at the end. This photo is Archbishop Rowan Williams (and a man in the way).
This is Jane Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s wife, and Margaret Sentamu, wife of the Archbishop of York. They are introducing the spouses conference. Unfortunately this is the best shot I have as it was very dark.
There were then questions, before the bishops went outside to assemble for photographs. There were a lot of bishops, as the delegates from a ‘So, you’re a new bishop‘ course for new bishops were present.
The press taking pictures of the bishops. A few of them were talking at the back.
A closer-up shot showing the various styles of dress.
Afterwards there was a bit of time for mingling to resume. It was good to meet Ruth Gledhill and Joanna Sugden from the Times and also Simon of Thinking Anglicans. And then, as if that wasn’t enough I had the privilege of being taken to briefly meet the Archbishop of Canterbury himself in another bit of the palace. My role at the Lambeth Conference wasn’t mentioned in the press conference of course as I am but a tiny cog in the workings, so it was really good to be introduced.
I really must do some drawing practice.
OK, some links. This is the official page with the text of the presentations by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs Jane Williams:
Some news reports:
Today has been a long day, and I’m aware that I haven’t said anything about the content of the press conference and the questions that followed. I hope to do more of that sort of thing over the coming days and weeks, but in the meantime I’ll continue to post links to other people’s reports in this post.
Posted by Dave at 9:57 pm on January 21, 2008 and filed under Anglican goings-on, Lambeth 08, Religion.
Before Christmas I said that I had one or two announcements to make. Well, here is one of them.
The Anglican Communion Office have invited me to take on the role of ‘Cartoonist in residence’ at the forthcoming Lambeth Conference and I have said ‘yes’. My role will be to draw events at the conference as they develop. These drawings will then be displayed by various means including the internet. I will have a visible presence (unlike my usual non-visible sort) around the conference campus and will get to go to some of the meetings. We haven’t decided upon all of the details of all of these things yet.
Some background information: The Lambeth Conference happens every ten years, and about 800 bishops are invited. The 2008 conference is from the 16th July to the 4th August 2008 at the University of Kent in Canterbury, although the various bishops will be in the UK by at least the 10th of July when the ‘hospitality’ part starts. This is when different English, Scottish or Welsh dioceses host the delegates and, one imagines, provide them with sandwiches. There is then a retreat at Canterbury Cathedral before the programme on the University campus begins. The Spouses’ Conference runs alongside the one for Bishops and is for spouses.
I am very excited by this prospect. I am most definitely pro-Lambeth and pro-Archbishop-Rowan, and so it is a great privilege to be asked to be involved. I will be practicing my drawing between now and then and may even get some new pens. It is certainly a rather daunting prospect, but hopefully I’ll be OK. A planned new easel will be a help.
As you’ll remember I made a comment back in September about the ‘Marketplace’ at the conference and how brilliant it would be to have a stall. Well, I am pleased to say that I will indeed have a stall, though I will be asking other people to run it most of the time. I am fortunate in having one or two people who have agreed to help me, though I may need to recruit one or two more. I have not decided exactly what the stall it will have on it yet. One or two books perhaps. I may set aside a little colouring table for bishops and others to use between meetings.
I will of course have more to say about this over the coming months. Such posts will be gathered together here on the blog in a specially convened ‘Lambeth 08‘ category. Something will probably be said officially by the Lambeth organisers at some point, but in the meantime I am free to talk about it.
Additional information for visitors
These are some of the other Anglican events that I have done drawings about:
Also, for people who have surfed in, perhaps via the internet: The pages with my blog posts and cartoons about Anglican goings-on might be of interest, as my pages of church-related cartoons.
Posted by Dave at 2:17 pm on January 14, 2008 and filed under Anglican goings-on, CartoonChurch progress, Cartooning, Cartoons, Lambeth 08, Lambeth Conference, Religion.