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Welsh bishops support Credo Cymru conference
Posted on the 19th Sep 2016
The Archbishop of Wales and the Bishop of St Asaph will be among those attending a conference focusing on preserving the breadth of Anglicanism in Wales.
Entitled "That Nothing Be Lost – Fel Na Choller Dim", the event is organised by Credo Cymru and will take place in Cardiff on 21 and 22 September. The thirty-five participants will include clergy and laity from Wales as well as seven members of the Church of England.
The conference follows the decision of the Governing Body to authorise the consecration of women as bishops in the Church in Wales. The organising committee says it hopes to bring together those who rejoice at this decision and those who are perturbed by it. The aim is to see how much common ground there is and to consider carefully what is required to enable people of differing convictions to feel secure and able to flourish within the Church in Wales.
Keynote speakers include the Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron, the Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, and the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Jonathan Goodall.
The conference is for invited participants only, but all are welcome to the Sung Eucharist which will be celebrated at St Martin’s Church, Roath, Cardiff, on St Matthew’s Day, Wednesday 21 September 2016, at 6.30pm. The preacher will be the Bishop of Burnley, Philip North.
The Revd Canon Jeffrey Gainer, Chairman of Credo Cymru, said, “We hope that a relaxed atmosphere will facilitate discernment of the way forward for us all, a way marked by charity and mutual respect. We all know that strong and clearly articulated theological convictions are involved here, but also the effectiveness of our Christian witness in dealing with differences.”
Dr Morgan said, “When the Church in Wales ordained women priests and made it possible for women to be ordained bishops, it acknowledged that there was still a place in that church for those who, for whatever reason, found that difficult. Credo Cymru members belong to the Church in Wales and since I am the Archbishop of the whole of the Church in Wales, for that reason I accepted its invitation to attend.”
Prayer is requested for the conference – both in advance and while it is meeting. Suggested forms of intercession in Welsh and English are available here.
Vocations Conference, 2-4 September 2016
Posted on the 26th Jul 2016
The number of priests ordained by bishops of The Society this year is a cause for rejoicing. But the number of priests reaching retirement age makes it essential for all who belong to The Society to continue to pray for vocations, and do all they can to foster them.
There are still places left on this year's Vocations Conference for men in the catholic tradition (St Stephen's House, Oxford: 2-4 September). Do you know anyone who should be considering a possible vocation to the priesthood? If so, please encourage him to participate in this conference. For further details, see www.here-i-am.org.uk.
Thank God for Young Vocations
Posted on the 5th Jul 2016
This year, bishops of The Society are ordaining twelve men to the priesthood, eleven of them for stipendiary ministry. Nine of these eleven are 35 or younger and six are 30 or under.
Their average age when ordained to the diaconate last year was 31. Across the Church of England as a whole, the average ages were 37 for men and 42 for women.
36 of the men ordained as deacons in the Church of England last year were aged 25-29. Of these, six (one in six) have now been ordained to the priesthood by bishops of The Society.
A list of this year's ordinations by the bishops of The Society is published here.
See also: www.here-i-am.org.uk
New map of Society parishes
Posted on the 21st Jun 2016
The Society has issued the following News:
The Society's bishops encourage the parishes under their oversight to affiliate to The Society.
The churches of those parishes that have affiliated so far - 200 churches - are now plotted on a new interactive map: www.sswsh.com/map.php This will help people to find their nearest Society church both when at home and when travelling. Further churches will be added to the map as more parishes affiliate.
Clicking on one of the churches gives the user its name and postcode, and links to its website, its entry on 'A Church Near You', and information about The Society in the diocese concerned (with a list of the Society's other parishes in that diocese). Further links provide a photographic view of the street in which the church is situated ('Street view'), a street plan showing its precise location ('Zoom here') and directions for travel by car from any postcode.
Report of the Independent Reviewer for 2015
Posted on the 1st Apr 2016
Forward in Faith welcomes the publication of Sir Philip Mawer’s first annual report. The fact that during 2015 no grievances were submitted by PCCs and only two concerns were submitted by others is encouraging.
We welcome the positive developments in the parish of All Saints, Cheltenham, which Sir Philip records. With regard to ministry in team benefices in general, we are grateful for Sir Philip’s confirmation, in response to a request that we made, that it is legally possible for a licence to qualify the scope of the ministry of a member of the team other than the Team Rector.
As Sir Philip reports, in September 2015 he invited comments on whether it would be worthwhile to set up a forum in which those of differing convictions could discuss what “mutual flourishing” means. Forward in Faith replied welcoming the proposal, expressing willingness to nominate representatives to participate in such a forum, and suggesting that it would be sensible to begin with a one-off exploratory discussion, involving an overnight stay in a neutral venue, with clearly set-out aims and parameters. We note Sir Philip’s conclusion, in the light of the replies he received, that “more time is required to assess the impact of the new arrangements in dioceses before the need for and shape of any wider forum for discussion can best be assessed”. We reiterate our willingness to participate in such a forum.