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Cardiff to serve as hub of European Church Communication

Posted on: March 14, 2006 1:15 PM
Related Categories: Wales

The Church in Wales welcomes representatives from all Porvoo Churches across Europe to Cardiff later this week (Thursday 16th - Tues 21st March). They will be gathering to discuss the challenges and processes of communicating the Gospel in the twenty-first century.

Members of the churches in Wales, England and Ireland as well as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Latvia will be gathering at the Urdd Centre within the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay for a four-day conference which will include seminars, speakers, video and practical training in church communication. 

Sion Brynach, the Archbishop's Press Officer for the Church in Wales, said today:

"We are looking forward to welcome some top class speakers to the conference, including Ian Hargreaves, Director of Corporate and Public Affairs at BAA, Phil George, Creative Director of Green Bay TV who were responsible for the BBC series 'Bread of Heaven' and the BBC programme 'An Archbishop Like This' - a portrait of Archbishop Rowan Williams. Jonny Baker works for the Church Mission Society developing and supporting mission and new ways of being church in the emerging culture. Alos providing training and leading delegates in a closing retreat will be Rev Tom Ehrich from North Carolina in the USA. Tom, a former Wall Street Journal staff reporter, is now an episcopalian minister and best known for his daily meditations which are e-mailed across the world - On a Journey (see

"Worship will be a key part of the conference and will take place in the ecumenical Lightship 2000 moored in Cardiff docks and be coordinated by the Lightship's Chaplain, Rev Monica Mills. The conference will also give those attending a taste of Wales with visits to the National Museum and Galleries of Wales' St Fagan and the Big Pit museum in Blaenafon."

The Porvoo Communion, is made up of 4 Anglican and 8 Nordic and Baltic churches and is named after Porvoo Cathedral in Finland. On Sunday, March 19th, the Porvoo church communicators will be joining Church Leaders from the Porvoo Churches for a service in Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Porvoo agreement.  The Porvoo agreeement seeks to develop a close relationship between the members churches for the sake of greater unity and more effective mission.  Porvoo is an important part of developing links between churches across Europe.

Notes to editors:

1. Further information about the conference is accessible at

2. Further information abotu the Porvoo Communion can be found by going to

For more information please contact:
Sion Brynach, Archbishop's press officer, Church in Wales.
Tel: 029 2034 8255 / 07715 421137