Collected Reports:

1. URC's Jennie Willson shares her experience from The Gathering


2. Jean Silvan Evans: "Radical plans could see a united church in Wales – if churches are bold enough!"


3. EBC-PCW, Moderator’s Blog: An Initial Response!


4. EBC-PCW Site: Gathering - Radical reports launched


5. Church in Wales: Churches and chapels consider joining forces


6. Catholic Curch: News From Wales - ‘The Gathering’ in Aberystwyth, October 2012


7. Quakers in Wales: The Covenanted Churches in Wales and their big event


8. St David’s Uniting Church Blog


9. Christian today: Welsh chapels and churches move towards greater unity


10. ekklesia.co.uk - web review


11. Pobl Dewi: The Church uniting in Wales – Why not?


12. The Treasury: Letter by Meirion Lloyd Davies


13. The Treasury: Article - Brian Matthews "The report of the Commission of Covenanted Churches"


14. The Treasury: Letter - Dr Peter Ashton, Montgomery


15. The United Methodist Reporter: Potential for unity steps in Wales


16. The Treasury: The Church Uniting in Wales


17. The Treasury: FORWARD – BUT HOW?


 

 
Reports and correspondence

Read on or follow the links on the left for reviews, letters reports and opinions on the Gathering and the work of the Commission of the covenanted Churches in Wales. Please refer to the Welsh side of the website for Welsh Language reviews and correspondence.
[please note that these pages contains factual information as well as personal opinions, and not the opinion of the Commission of the Covenanted Churches or the Denominations in Covenant]

1.
HEADING: Jennie Willson shares her experience from The Gathering
SOURCE: REPORT - URC WEBSITE
DATE:

“For me, one of the most poignant parts of the ‘Gathering’ in Aberystwyth in October was when a student, who was being interviewed on stage was asked a question about Ecumenism. Despite regularly attending church and having been at the event all morning with the rest of us, she still replied ‘I don’t really know what it means’. “It was a quite a relief in a way - much as I understand the ideas around wanting the church to be ‘one’, I don’t actually know what the word ecumenism actually means! I have looked it up since and the definitions basically talk about promoting unity in the Christian church... [READ ON]


2.
HEADING: Radical plans could see a united church in Wales – if churches are bold enough!
SOURCE: ARTICLE - Jean Silvan Evans - “The Treasury” and “URC Wales Website”.

How bold are the churches of Wales?  Are they bold enough to work more closely together?  Are they bold enough to go forward with a radical plan that could lead to a united church in Wales?  Those were the challenging questions put to a major conference of the five covenanting churches in Wales...
[READ ON]

3.
HEADING: Moderator’s Blog: An Initial Response!
SOURCE: BLOG - The Prespyterian Church of Wales Website
Date: 19/10/2012

Saturday 13 October has been described as an historic day in Wales and attracted much publicity. It was the culmination of years of hard and devoted work by members of the Commission of the Covenanted Churches, who are seeking to bring into being The Church Uniting in Wales. The Great Hall, Aberystwyth, buzzed with excitement at the launch of the Commission’s recommendations...
[READ ON]


4.
HEADING: Gathering: radical reports launched
SOURCE: PRESS RELEASE - EBCPCW Website:
DATE: 17/10/2012

Chapels and churches from five denominations are being encouraged to think of themselves as The Church Uniting in Wales following a conference in Aberystwyth last Saturday... [READ ON]

5.
HEADING: Churches and chapels consider joining forces
SOURCE: PRESS RELEASE - CHURCH IN WALES
DATE: 12/10/2012

Traditional dividing lines between churches and chapels in Wales could soon be a thing of the past in a move towards greater unity. Christian leaders from most denominations in Wales will meet at a major conference this week to look at radical news ways of working more closely together... [READ ON]

6.
HEADING: News From Wales: ‘The Gathering’ in Aberystwyth, October 2012
SOURCE: ARTICLE - Archdiocese of Cardiff website (Catholic Church)

Five Churches and Denominations met in Aberystwyth to consider seriously how they may work together to become the Uniting Church of Wales. The proposals which the Commission of Covenanted Churches put to ‘The Gathering’ are now being taken back to members of each church to be considered. It is hoped that agreement can be reached on the bold and challenging measures when The Gathering (Y Cydgynulliad) meets again in 2015... [READ ON]

7.
HEADING: The Covenanted Churches in Wales and their big event
SOURCE: ARTICLE - Covenanting for Mission - Quakers in Wales Meeting

On 13th October 2012 Christine Trevett and I attended an event called ‘The Gathering’. It was organised through Cytûn for The Covenanted Churches in Wales. All of this terminology was almost beyond me so I’m going to do some explaining for those who are equally bemused... [READ ON]

8.
HEADING: The Gathering
SOURCE: BLOG - St David’s Uniting Church Blog
DATE: 15/10/2012

One Church Uniting in Wales? That was the vision put before a gathering of some hundreds of representatives of URC, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist and (Church in Wales) Anglican churches in Aberystwyth on Saturday... [READ ON]

9.
HEADING: Welsh chapels and churches move towards greater unity
SOURCE: ARTICLE - Christian Today Website
DATE: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 11:29 (BST)

Traditional dividing lines between churches and chapels in Wales could soon be a thing of the past after a major meeting of five denominations today. Representatives of the five Covenanted Churches in Wales - the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, the Presbyterian Church in Wales, the Church in Wales and some Covenanted Baptist congregations - are meeting in Aberystwyth to explore radical new ways of working together... [READ ON]

10.
HEADING: The Gathering
SOURCE: ARTICLE - on the www.ekklesia.co.uk website

Churches from a variety of denominations in Wales have been discussing ways of eradicating long-standing divisions between Christians in order to move towards greater unity... [READ ON]

11.
HEADING: The Church uniting in Wales – Why not?
SOURCE: ARTICLE - Jenny Kimber - Pobl Dewi Newsletter - St Davids Diocesean

Torrential rain didn’t daunt the 300 delegates who travelled to Aberystwyth from all parts of Wales to attend The Gathering on 13th October, reports Jenny Kimber... [READ ON]

12.
HEADING: The trouble with historians...
SOURCE: LETTER - Meirion Lloyd Davies - “The Treasury”
DATE: May 2013

The trouble with historians is that they are obsessed with the past. They are more interested in preserving past patterns than in facing present crises... [READ ON]

13.
HEADING: The report of the Commission of Covenanted Churches
SOURCE: ARTICLE - Brian Matthews - “The Treasury”
DATE: May 2013

There has been publicity of late regarding the report of the Commission of Covenanted Churches. As a Presbyterian Church of Wales representative on the Commission I would like to put these proposals in a positive light to enable a fair and proper debate... [READ ON]

14.
HEADING: Church Uniting in Wales
SOURCE: LETTER - Dr Peter Ashton, Montgomery - "The Treasury"
DATE: May 2013

The historic difficulties of forming a united Church in this country... [READ ON]

15.
HEADING: Potential for unity steps in Wales
SOURCE: ARTICLE - The United Methodist Reporter, Issue 8078,
DATE: October 19, 2012

Churches in Wales could take significant steps toward unity if proposals considered at a conference in Aberystwyth last Saturday are adopted... [READ ON]

16.
SOURCE - EDITORIAL: The Church Uniting in Wales (The Treasury)
DATE:

In the past three issues of the Treasury, various contributors have written from a variety of standpoints about the proposals of the Covenanted Churches to create a Uniting Church of Wales…[READ MORE]


17.
TITLE: FORWARD – BUT HOW?
SOURCE - ARTICLE: Revd DAFYDD ANDREW JONES, M.A. (The Treasury)
DATE:

As spring takes hold of the land, Presbyteries and Association are invited to consider changes in the running of the Connexion…[READ MORE]

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