Cardinal Ivan Dias has told Anglican bishops that division hinders the reception of the Gospel message in a sceptical world. US evangelical Brian McLaren has called for a culture shift in Christianity.
When the first Lambeth Conference opened in 1867, only 76 of the Anglican Communion's 144 bishops accepted an invitation by the Archbishop of Canterbury to attend because of disagreement about the church in British colonies.
Bishops from the worldwide Anglican Communion have been experiencing hospitality visits and prayer retreats in advance of the formal element of the Lambeth Conference, which is meeting on the campus of the University of Kent.
Amid much media speculation, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has encouraged Anglican bishops on retreat in preparation for the full proceedings of the Lambeth Conference next week to look for common ground.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has renewed his call for global Anglican leaders to focus on the gospel as a message of hope and healing for the world, and to move beyond factional in-fighting as they gather in Lambeth.
The openly gay Anglican Bishop of New Hampshire in the USA has spoken today of his sadness for a protester who interrupted his sermon on Sunday - urging Christians to overcome prejudice and fear with love.