The role of the church in the public square will come under the spotlight next week.
From speaking out on homelessness to questioning new laws and policies, how the church contributes to public debate will be on the agenda of the two-day meeting of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales.
The meeting, attended by 130 representatives of churches from across Wales, takes place at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, on April 11-12.
Guest speaker Darren Millar, National Assembly Member for Clwyd West, will share his ideas and experience of working with churches and there will also be a film featuring other prominent people in Welsh public life talking about how their faith has inspired their work.
The Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, who is President of the Governing Body, said, “We consider the church’s engagement in public life as an essential part of its mission and outreach. We’ll be discussing the opportunities we have to engage in public life, the right we have to speak ‘truth to power’, the risks of doing so and how best to do it. It’s an important subject which we hope will help inform our vision for the future.”
Members will discuss the topic in groups on Wednesday afternoon. A plenary debate on it will take place, in the light of those discussions, at the next meeting of the Governing Body in September.
Other items on the agenda include:
- The Presidential Address by the Archbishop of Wales, John Davies;
- A report from United Nations Commission on Status of Women from student Laura Lloyd-Williams who attended on behalf of the Church in Wales;
- Discussion on admission to Holy Communion. This follows recent guidance from the Bishops that anyone who has been baptised can receive Communion, regardless of whether or not they have been confirmed.