My sermon for Trinity 16: Speaking Truth in Love to those in Power within the Church in Wales

After the heat of Governing Body, I came home and realised that I still had a sermon to prepare for the following Sunday. I reached for the lectionary and on the pages were readings that spoke truth into the situation I had just come from. I couldn’t deny that God was moving and thus started the preparation for one of the hardest sermons I’ve ever preached. It’s here for those who are interested.

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Church in Wales, Current Affairs

Statement prior to the upcoming meeting of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales

A personal statement prior to business of the Church in Wales’ Governing body for the benefit of general public and media who may wish to interview me in the coming days:

At the September session of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales, its members will listen to a presentation by the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church on the process by which they made it possible for same sex marriages to be solemnised in that province. I raised a question to the bishops asking them to explain why there hasn’t been an alternative speaker invited alongside the Primus to give a different point of view.Read more

Apologetics, Rural Ministry

Beer, Blessing, Belief, and Being.

Last Saturday (30th June 2018), in the scorching sun, and donned in my cassock, surplice and stole, I blessed the beer, the public house and the villagers of Michaelston-y-Fedw in what has become a revived tradition which dates back to Medieval times. Many moons ago, Monks, after brewing their ale, would cart it off to the taverns and once it had arrived, they would bless it before the masses came to consume it. As time went on, this tradition died out but last year I discovered why we need to bring it back.Read more

Church Growth, General Ministry

The Church is the people… but buildings matter.

In October 1943, following the destruction of the Commons Chamber by bombing during the Blitz, there was a debate over how the chamber should be rebuilt. With Winston Churchill’s approval, they agreed to retain its adversarial rectangular pattern, where the parties face each other for debate, rather than changing to a semi-circular or horse-shoe design favoured by other governments. Churchill vehemently defended the point that buildings speak to people and influence them, and thus his famous words on this point are forever remembered…Read more

Current Affairs, General Ministry

What Soul Survivor has taught me

I don’t think I’m the only one who thought that Soul Survivor would never come to an end. That has now changed. After the announcement was made, many people flocked online to make their tributes and share their testimonies about how Soul Survivor had impacted them. They ran into the thousands. Such was the gravity of the announcement that it made a news item on the BBC. I’ve had a few days to think about it, and here’s where I’m currently at…Read more

Church in Wales

Ageism in the Church

Ageism, also called age discrimination, is when someone treats you unfairly because of your age. In our current climate, we are all too quick to diagnose an “ism” or an “ia” to something, but the subject of age, certainly in relation to the Church in Wales, is one which is being highlighted in a number of areas.

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