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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

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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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Governing Body: Admittance of Children to Holy Communion

The Governing Body of the Church in Wales met on the 11th and 12th of April. After a little hiatus due to the fact that I crossed over the threshold from the world of laity to the world of clergy (which prevented me sitting in my appointed role on Governing Body as a lay person), I was back. The overall consensus was that the agenda for this meeting was thin and that proceedings were generally uneventful. The lack of engagement at the podium was testimony to this. There were a few exceptions, notably a presentation from Darren Millar AM on the Church in the Public Square. But the reason it’s taken me the last few weeks to calm down is because of the debate everyone had been waiting for: the Admittance of Children to Holy Communion.

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Same Sex Marriage and the Church in Wales

Following on a debate on Same Sex Marriage at the Governing Body (Synod) of the Church in Wales in April 2014, it was announced by the Bench of Bishops that a provincial wide consultation at diocesan level was to be organised to see what the Church in Wales as a whole thinks about Same Sex Marriage.Read more

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After the Governing Body of the Church in Wales: Some thoughts.

Last week I attended the ordinary meeting of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales. This is basically the Welsh equivalent of the General Synod of the Church of England. I am a co-opted member of Governing Body (meaning that I’m not voted on) and represent my diocese (Monmouth) as well as being a voice for the younger members of the Church in Wales.Read more