IT is possible to be proud of being Welsh without being
xenophobic and "cutting ourselves off from the insights of other
people, races and nations", the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry
Morgan said on Friday.
The Prince of Wales was in the congregation to hear Dr Morgan
deliver the St David's Day address at St John the Baptist, Cardiff
at a service hosted by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff.
Members of the Welsh government and National Assembly, and from
organisations in Wales also attended.
Dr Morgan took as his text the "shocking" account in the Gospel
of St Matthew of Jesus's encounter with the Syro-Phoenician woman
seeking healing for her daughter. Jesus initially "agrees with his
disciples' somewhat racist views" in replying: "I can't feed what
belongs to the children and give it to the dogs", Dr Morgan said.
He suggested that Jesus was "speaking out of an agonising inner
conflict" about whether or not his mission was to all humanity, or
only to the Jews. Jesus's decision to relent after the woman argued
her case was, he suggested, "the only instance in the New Testament
where Jesus loses an argument and he has the grace to change his
mind as a result". The account spoke of Jesus "needing to learn, to
enlarge his vision, to hear new truth".
The lesson for the leaders of Wales was that the country, an
"emerging nation" with a recently-devolved government, may have
"much to learn from others who have trodden this path before us . .
. It is possible to be both distinctively Welsh and open to the
insights of others", Dr Morgan said.
St Matthew's account also showed that leaders need not be afraid
to change their mind. It was "sometimes difficult" to "let go of
Party ideology or views that you have always held dear . . . Yet
that is what true leadership may sometimes require."
Dr Morgan has been a fervent supporter of devolution in Wales.
In 2011 he said that it was "crucially important" for people to
vote "yes" in a referendum on devolving more powers to the Welsh
Assembly, describing it as a "justice issue".
Welsh Bible celebrated. Church leaders in Wales
have issued a statement celebrating the 25th anniversary of the
publication of the New Welsh Bible (Y Beibl Cymraeg Newydd) and the
completion of the new version of the Bible online on the beibl.net
"Today, on March 1st 2013, as Christian Church leaders in
We celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of
the new translation of the Welsh Bible (Y Beibl Cymraeg Newydd),
and also celebrate the completion of the new version of the Bible
online on the beibl.net website.
We thank God for those who have worked tirelessly over a period
of decades to ensure that the Bible is available in modern Welsh,
as it is a treasure that is as important and relevant in the
twenty-first century as it has ever been.
We commit ourselves to strive, in God's strength, to meet the
challenge and privilege of telling a new generation about the
amazing things that God has done and continues to do in Jesus
Christ through the Holy Spirit, among and through his people and in
Y Parchedig Watcyn James, Cymdeithas y Beibl yng Nghymru
Y Parchedicaf Barry Morgan, Archesgob Cymru, Yr Eglwys yng
Y Parchedig Meirion Morris, Ysgrifennydd Cyffredinol Eglwys
Y Gwir Barchedig Edwin Regan, Esgob Emeritws Wrecsam, Yr Eglwys
Gatholig yng Nghymru
Y Parchedig Patrick Slattery, Llywydd Synod Cymru, Yr Eglwys
Fethodistaidd yng Nghymru
Y Parchedig Peter Thomas, Ysgrifennydd Cyffredinol Undeb
Y Parchedig Geraint Tudur,Ysgrifennydd Cyffredinol Undeb yr
To celebrate the Welsh Bible, Christians in Wales will be
sharing their favourite verses from the Bible using social networks
e.g. Facebook/Twitter/Blogs #beiblibawb on 1