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Despite massive boycotts, Anglican Church leaders from around the world are gathered in England today for the Lambeth Conference. The Conference meets every ten years. Bishop Jeffrey Lee of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is attending.

Bishop Lee says it’s more important than ever to attend the conference. The rift in the Anglican Church has continued to widen over issues like allowing openly gay and women bishops. But Lee says the church has a history of working through theological differences—dating back to the first Lambeth Conference.

LEE: In some ways the issues have not changed. We’re still grappling with questions of diversity and how the Church relates across international and cultural boundaries.

Lee says throughout the conference, bishops will meet in “indaba” groups, a Zulu term for small conversations between elders. He says this will build relationships between the Communion’s divided factions.

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