Details of how to register for the online sessions to explore the report Faithful Stewards can be found towards the bottom of this page.
The Standing Doctrinal Commission
The purpose of the Commission
The purpose of the Standing Doctrinal Commission is primarily to advise the Bench of Bishops on matters of doctrine and to undertake theological work as directed by the Bench.
The Commission also seeks to encourage doctrinal engagement in the wider Church and good stewardship of the theological treasury with which it has been entrusted.
The Doctrinal Commission’s work needs to be academically sound through drawing creatively on a wide range of fine theological thinkers and aspiring towards high standards in research and writing. However, the work is not undertaken for a purely scholarly purpose but needs to relate meaningfully to the wider Church so as to resource its mission and ministry.
The Standing Doctrinal Commission is chaired by the Revd. Dr Mark Clavier, Residentiary Canon of Brecon Cathedral, and its Minutes Secretary is the Revd. Dominic Cawdell OGS, Vicar of Holywell and Greenfield in the Estuary and Mountain Mission Area of the Diocese of St. Asaph. There are no other permanent members as individuals are nominated by the Bench of Bishops to serve for the duration of the specific task in hand according to their particular expertise. Other Christian denominations in Wales also nominate observers to the Commission and their contribution is greatly appreciated. Currently serving in this capacity are Professor Josef Lössl (Cardiff University) and Dr Catrin Williams (University of Wales: Trinity Saint David). The Commission is assisted by the Revd. Dr Ainsley Griffiths, Director of Faith, Order and Unity, who liaises as necessary with the Bench and other parts of the Church in Wales.
The Commission has undertaken two major pieces of work during the last decade.
- The first was detailed theological reflection on the options available to the Church in Wales in seeking to recognise and affirm same-sex relationships. This work led to the publication, in 2014, of the major report The Church in Wales and Same-sex Partnerships (PDF).
- More recently, the Commission has been working on the theology of ordained ministry as our ancient parish structures are transformed into ministry / mission areas. The final report is a collection of ten theological essays on various aspects of the threefold ministry under the title Faithful Stewards in a Changing Church: Understanding Ordained Ministry in light of the 2020 Vision. The report will be launched at the Governing Body meeting in April 2021. The report is available here, together with an expanded study edition:
Reflecting on ‘Faithful Stewards’
In addition to the published report, the Commission is also producing five videos involving interviews with the authors of the essays and these will be released over the coming weeks.
The following videos are currently available:
Interview 1 (Introduction and Essays 1-3)
Interview 2 (Section 2; Essays 4-6)
Interview 3 (Section 3; Essays 7-8)
Interview 4 (Section 4; Essays 9 and 10)
Following the release of each video, there will be a live Zoom call during which questions and comments can be addressed to the authors. The first four conversations will be in English and the final one in Welsh available here.
They will take place as follows:
Monday 21 June at 7.00pm
- Surveying the report (in Welsh).
- This live discussion will involve the Revd. Canon Dr Trystan Owain Hughes, the Revd. Dr Manon Ceridwen James and the Revd. Dr Ainsley Griffiths.
- To register click here.