"It was a memorial from the Canadian church in 1865 that led to the first Lambeth gathering of all Anglican bishops in 1867". "At the launch of this year's  Lambeth Conference, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams acknowledged the role that the Canadian church has played in the creation of the assembly. The first Lambeth had been called, he said, 'in response to a crisis about the limits of diversity allowed in the Anglican churches around the world'. But he added, it also signalled a time 'when non-English and indeed, non-white influences were for the first time making a real impact in the Communion, and needed to be celebrated and affirmed'. He added, 'Not only did the Canadian church contribute strongly to the thinking around the Conference; it was also attended by the first black Anglican bishop Samuel Crowther from Nigeria, who had been made a bishop just three years earlier. 'The gathering was a moment when there was a real acknowledgement that a worldwide church had to find ways of sharing its challenges and its triumphs -- and some aspects of its decision-making', said Archbishop Williams". "'Our record is that we take Lambeth seriously', said Archbishop [Michael] Peers. He cited that in 1988 the Canadian church made the decision that from thenceforth, each diocese would make an annual contribution for the succeeding conference". "In 1988, Archbishop Peers became the first to preside over a Lambeth meeting in a language other than English when he chaired the first-ever meeting of French-speaking Anglican bishops. It was also the first time that Lambeth offered translation in French, Spanish, Japanese and Swahili. The Canadian and American churches had to find the money to make this possible, he said".