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Bishop

‘Bishop’ comes from the Greek word for ‘overseer’. So a bishop is a senior Christian minister authorised to have oversight for God’s people. As well as duties given to deacons and priests, bishops confirm and ordain.

Diocese

‘Diocese’ refers to the geographical territory in which a bishop exercises oversight. The Church in Wales is divided into six dioceses each with its own cathedral in which is housed the cathedra (the bishop’s ‘chair’ or ‘throne’).

Prayer

Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).

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Pobl Dewi: September 2021

Faith and the Senedd

"a relationship between politicians and faith communities gives society the strength it needs."

In a wide-ranging interview, Elin Jones, MS, Presiding Officer of the Senedd, tells Lyn Dafis about the privileges and responsibilities of her office and the importance of Senedd links with faith communities.

Read the interview in full

The Pilgrim Prince

The annual summer tour of Wales by HRH the Prince of Wales took as its theme A Pilgrim Journey

The Prince attended a service at St Davids Cathedral to mark the centenary of the Church in Wales

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The Prince also attended an inauguration service for new bells at St Brynach's, Nevern

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From the diocese

Appointments

New faces, new places Meet them

Diocesan Conference

Back on screen What's happening?

The Inspector calls

A new face at the DAC Meet Frans Nicholas

Anna Chaplaincy...

...is coming! An update from Brenda Rigg

Portrait of a Lady

A new portrait of Bishop Joanna Take a look

Clear and Simple

Jeff Thomas, Diocesan Stewardship & Support Officer, explains the new accounts package for LMAs Read more

Impact 242 / Fourth Archdeaconry A Licensing service for Lead and Pioneering Evangelists was held by Bishop Joanna on May 18th at St Peter's Church, Carmarthen

L to R: Ruach Mitchell, Molly Baldwin, Esther Lockley, Bishop Joanna, Michelle Lloyd, Revd Captain Rob Lowe, Mike Dare

Shaping the Future

St Padarn's Summer School returns J-D Laurence reports

Changing and adapting

Plant Dewi has found new ways to reach out to families across the diocese, Catrin Eldred reports

Resources for an enquiring mind

There is renewed interest in saints and pilgrimage among people who don’t go to church. Anne Richards reports

Clay on the potter's wheel

From the DVLA to the altar Nick Barroccu's journey

St James and the Camino

This year. the Feast Day of St James on July 25th was celebrated with a pilgrimage to St Michael’s Church, Llanfihangel Rhos-y-Corn Caroline Evans was there

O'er the gloomy hills of darkness

Mick Dean considers the life of William Williams Pantycelyn Read more

Well blessed: parishioners celebrate St Llawddog

St Llawddog founded a monastic settlement in Cenarth some 1500 years ago. The spring that Llawddog’s community probably used for their water emerges under this modern canopy. An authenticated 1500-year-old yew in the churchyard is said to have grown from the saint’s staff. The church council are keen to promote the saint’s day (11th August) and encourage tourists to join in future events and celebrations.

Picture: Elizabeth Hall

Aeron Bro Mydr members are not afraid of rain!

In spite of the wet weather and heavy showers in between lovely periods of sunshine, we held the summer service at Llanllyr on the Feast Day of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and it was good to see so many present. A wonderful morning of singing praise to God in hymns and prayers thanking everyone for their contribution and presence.

Care of Creation

A Christian gift...

...for the environmental movement Read more

Green goings-on...

...in Bro Lliedi and Llangorwen Read more

Caring for Llanddewi Velfrey

A successful community event Janine Perkins reports

Focus on Remembrance

Alabaré

Kirsty Scullion explains the work of the Christian charity which provides homes for veterans

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100 years of the Royal British Legion

As the Royal British Legion marks its centenary, Jane Rees, from St Clears, looks forward to the resumption of normal service

Remembrance of the past, hope for the future

Tragedy and resilience

John Holdsworth recalls an unusual and moving service to commemorate the Welsh war dead in Hong Kong

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Remembering as renewal

Remembrance can be painful, writes Lyn Dafis, but not remembering can cause even greater pain.

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Thanksgiving for 100 years of work

On 1st July this year, Jonathan Parker joined members of the Newcastle Emlyn branch of the Royal British Legion to commemorate a notable anniversary

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Faith Tourism

Revisiting 12th Century Wales

During September and October there will be a series of displays and events in St Davids Cathedral marking events there 850 years ago, Walks and talks

The wider benefits of Faith Tourism

The value of our sacred spaces must not be underestimated... ...says Caroline Evans

New name, new opportunities

Julia Barker invites faith groups in North Pembrokeshire to collaborate in an initiative to enhance wellbeing across the area Read more

A loved and cherished space

In the latest of her series of little gems, Caroline Evans highlights the treasures inside a small church in Pembrokeshire

St Peter's Little Newcastle

Pilgrim Service

From the beginning of the first lockdown Revd Kingsley Taylor has been keeping in touch with the members of East Landsker LMA via daily emails. These emails have been shared further afield, even across the world, and have been published in two books Reflections and Reflecting.

However, this was a virtual pilgrimage and Kingsley felt a physical destination was needed. So, on 19th June, a pilgrim event was held in St David's Cathedral, starting with a meal in the Refectory, prayers at St David's shrine and ending with a special evensong led by the Dean. This was the first such event to be held in the cathedral post-lockdown and was enjoyed by all who came along.

International

Bukavu 1: Hope Springs Eternal

Benjamin Rwizibuka, from our Companion Diocese of Bukavu, issues a rallying call to the young people of the African continent Read more

Bukavu 2: Bunyakiri

In his latest article on the archdeaconries in Bukavu, Roger Dirokpa describes the Archdeaconry of Bunyakiri Read more

The Fight for Justice

Why Kay Owen was moved to raise funds for a Christian charity which seeks to rescue young people caught up in the modern slave trade Read more

Dear Diary

Diary of a Retired Parson

Jonathan Copus wonders when artificial intelligence is going to dispense with the human variety Read more

Chronicles of a Vicarage Childhood

Eluned Rees recalls the Battle of Cwm Gwendraeth Read more

Diary of a Parson's Wife

Going to the dogs with Polly Zipperlen

Reflections

Autumn in the woods

Martine Johnson enjoys a seasonal walk and is reminded of an ancient poem Take a stroll

Thanks be to God

The harvest of the lockdown Cynthia Davies' prayer

Armchair Pilgrim

Lyn Dafis describes the joys of singing solo Rejoice!

Books

Celtic Christianity & the climate crisis

Ancient traditions for the 21st century Read Sophie Whitmarsh's review

God on mute

Engaging the silence of unanswered prayer Read Shirley Murphy's review

A benevolent society

Wales and the Incorporated Church Building Society Read Richard E Huws' review