The Archbishop of Wales is inviting people to take part in a course aimed at helping to explore spirituality and faith in today’s world.
Dr Barry Morgan launched the Living Faith course today (June 25) which will be rolled out to churches across South Wales – in the Diocese of Llandaff. The course is designed for anyone to participate in: church members and those who do not attend church.
Those who sign up will study in groups and look at topics such as spirituality, questions of faith and exploring choices in life; other areas covered are prayer, the Bible, faith and church. For those who want to there will be the option of doing assignments during each module. All those who complete the course will get a certificate. Living Faith is very flexible and groups will move through the modules at their own pace.
Archbishop Barry said, “My vision for the whole Church in Wales is to try and provide a means whereby we can deepen our sense of what it is to be followers of Jesus. The Living Faith course is designed to do precisely that. It is aimed at everyone who is interested in being a better disciple (and we all fall into that category) and to do so alongside others in groups.”
Revd Canon Richard Lowndes, the lay training and coaching officer for Llandaff Diocese, emphasised the course was practical, rather than academic. He said, “This programme of learning is designed for anyone who is interested in exploring faith it will also enable you to grow your faith, deepen your discipleship, or perhaps to prepare for a particular role in the life of your church. It is based on experience and reflection. It is not academic like a college course. It will help you to gain a greater understanding of God’s relationship with you, his Church and the world, and help you to grow and mature in your discipleship. Some people will engage deeply with the course, others will just be exploring these issues at a different level – it really is for all comers.”
Helping to launch the Living Faith course were people from churches where it has been piloted. Debs Redwood-Knight is part of a group from Christ Church, Radyr, which started the course in 2010. She said, “Not only is it a very interesting course, it has also given me confidence to do more in church and to discuss my faith with others.”
Sheila Jones, from Penygraig, said, “The course helped me to discover a little more about who I am, a little more about God and broadened my faith a lot. It was challenging but hugely rewarding and fun - a fabulous taster.”
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The Living Faith course was originally created by the Diocese of Bath and Wells in partnership with Trinity College Bristol, under the title ‘Exploring Christianity’. It has proved very popular in other parts of Wales where it has already been launched.
For more information about the Living Faith course, please contact:
Ministry &Mission Administration Support
Diocese of Llandaff
Tel: 01656 868868