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‘Being Church’ on the agenda at Swansea symposium in September

A symposium will take place in Swansea in September to explore what it means to ‘be Church’.

The event, hosted at St Peter’s Church, Cockett, seeks to stimulate ecumenical discussion among Christians.

“The symposium is based around six presentations by nationally-renowned speakers and each presentation is designed to stimulate a short discussion,” Priest-in-Charge of St Peter’s Fr Jonathon Wright said.

“In the first session priest and New Testament scholar Michael Lakey will explore biblical and theological observations about Paul and the Church.  Then Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and Patristics scholar James Siemens will focus on the Fathers and the Church.

“The second session looks at how ideas of ‘Church’ have been shaped by different factors.  Norman Doe, Professor of Law at Cardiff University and director of its Centre for Law and Religion will look at the influence of Canon Law.  Next Ainsley Griffiths, priest and Director of Faith, Order and Unity for the Church in Wales will consider the Church from a doctrinal perspective as community of the Gift.

“Finally, the symposium turns to the challenges of today and the future.  Mari McNeill, Head of Christian Aid Wales, looks at ‘Who is my neighbour and why I should care?’.  Mark Clavier, Residentiary Canon of Brecon Cathedral, will give the final presentation on being a persuasive Church, becoming a Church that tells its story eloquently.”

The day is set with a liturgical framework, including a lunchtime Eucharist celebrated by Archbishop John Davies.  It takes place on September 28  and all are welcome to attend. To book your place contact priest@cockettparish.org.uk

More information and a programme are available here.

The organisers are grateful for the support of the Diocesan Mission Fund and Hymn Ancient & Modern.