Provincial press releases

Governing Body of the Church in Wales – September 17-18 2014

Guidelines for the consecration of women as bishops, a motion of support for people suffering in Gaza and Iraq, and ministry for people with additional needs will be among the items on the agenda of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales next week.

The two-day meeting of 144 lay and ordained people from across Wales takes place at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter on September 17-18. It will begin with an address from the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, as President.

During the meeting the Bishops will publish a ‘Code of Practice’ – guidelines to accompany legislation passed by the Governing Body last year to consecrate women as bishops. The legislation was put on hold for a year, to September 12, to enable the Bishops to prepare a code to accompany it.

Please note: the Code will be only be available following its publication at the meeting on September 17.

The Bishop of St Asaph, Dr Gregory Cameron, will propose a motion expressing “profound dismay” at the deaths of Palestinians in Gaza and the expulsion of Christians from Iraq over the summer. The motion also calls on Israel to defend its security without killing innocent people.

A presentation, entitled A Journey from Welcome to Inclusion, will be given on ministering to people with additional needs and it will be discussed by members in groups afterwards. It will be lead by the Archdeacon of Morgannwg, Christopher Smith, chair of the Ministry for People with Disabilities and Additional Needs working group and the Revd Dr John Gillibrand, vicar of Llangeler.

Also on the agenda are:

  • A progress report and video presentation on 2020 Vision – the Church’s strategy for growth;
  • A report on the future of ministerial training and a motion to welcome the Provincial Review which has led to the creation of a new All Wales Training Institute;
  • A report on discussion groups held in the April GB meeting on same-sex relationships.

The full agenda and copies of papers are available online.

Reporters are welcome to attend. You can also follow proceedings via Twitter @ChurchinWales #govbody

The Archbishop’s address and the Code of Practice will be available online at after delivery and publication on Wednesday afternoon.