Newyddion MAECYMRU News 1 Mars March
Gwyl Ddewi Llawen – Celebrate St. David’s Day!
DON’T MISS – MAECymru Conference SATURDAY 14 APRIL @ PLAS DOLERW, NEWTOWN
the theme for the day is 'Transformations'; with Professor Sally Holland - Children's Commissioner for Wales and other speakers. 9.30am Coffee for 10.00am start and finishing with worship ending by 3.30pm. Cost: £30 including lunch; £15 MAECymru members / unwaged / ministers in training. This is a great day to network and be inspired! BOOK NOW ON ATTACHED FORM .
A REMINDER – recruit new members before 31 July at a 50% discount – just £7.50 - AND all ministers in training, whatever their pathway lay or ordained, can now join MAECymru with free membership – we shall invite a subscription once the trainee is Licensed.
WORK IS PROGRESSING ON THE MOTION PASSED AT THE 2017AGM:
MAECymru rejoices that the Church in Wales has received two women as bishops during 2017, and in the light of this:-(i) calls on the Bench of Bishops to reconsider the appropriateness of continuing to accept for ordination those who will, in conscience, refuse to accept the sacramental ministry of women; and (ii) requests all the bishops to renew their previous undertakings not to hold separate ordination services for any candidates on gender-related grounds. A briefing paper will be sent to members shortly seeking responses and support for action to implement the motion.
DIOCESAN NEWS -
Llandaff branch had an excellent Quiet Day on Saturday 27th Jan, on the theme of ‘Exclusion and Empowerment.’ It was lead by Rev Delyth Liddell who is Methodist chaplain to Cardiff university and part of the leadership team of The Gathering which meets in City URC church in Cardiff to offer a safe space for the LGBT+ community to explore the Christian Faith. Delyth led the seven of us who made it on the day through a series of conversations around the Epiphany stories, silence and creative prayer stations culminating in the Eucharist. It was a marvellous experience of prayerful solidarity, a way of sharing and renewing our courage.
Some Monmouth members who are on the diocesan Equality and Diversity Monitoring Group are working on recommendations and action to increase equality at parish and diocesan levels. A CMD training session on ‘Unconscious Bias’ lead by Norma Jarboe OBE (who spoke at MAECymru AGM) and Prof. Helen Langton will take place on 10th March in Abergavenny.