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This book marks the centenary of the foundation of the Church in Wales, Yr Eglwys yng Nghymru, as a separate province of the global Anglican Communion. It seeks to describe, explain and evaluate landmark developments in the life of the Church in Wales, following the disestablishment of the Church of England in Wales in 1920, as they have unfolded during the course of the century. The book focusses on key areas of activity of the Church over the years and the challenges and opportunities which these have involved as the Church has sought to carry out its mission and ministry in witness to the Christian faith and in service to the people of Wales. Each chapter seeks to explore the evolution of the mind and practice of the Church in each of these areas in terms of theology, law, policy, impact and experience.
The Constitution of the Church in Wales was made to facilitate and order its public life. Drafted on the eve of disestablishment, the Constitution has been changed piecemeal over the past 100 years. While today its fundamentals remain much the same, there have been numerous landmark changes. This chapter studies the Constitution, from the perspective of the role of key figures in its development, in relation to: the sources and foundations of the Constitution in civil law; the formation and drafting of the Constitution (and the role of John Sankey in this); the structure and revision of the Constitution; its purposes and enforceable nature; and the institutional organisation of the Church in Wales. These are critically explored, where appropriate, in the context of principles of canon law common to the churches of the Anglican Communion.
This book marks the centenary of the Church in Wales, following its disestablishment in 1920. Part I provides a historical overview: from the Age of the Saints to Victorian times; the disestablishment campaign; Christianity in Wales since 1920; and broad issues faced over the century. Part II explores the constitution, bishops and archbishops, clergy, and laity. Part III examines doctrine, liturgy, rites of passage, and relations with other faith communities. Part IV deals with the church and culture, education, the Welsh language, and social responsibility. Part V discusses the changing images of the Church and its future. Around themes of continuity and change, the book questions assumptions about the Church, including its distinctive theology and Welshness, ecumenical commitment, approach to innovation, and response to challenges posed by the State and wider world in an increasingly pluralist and secularised Welsh society over the century.