I DO not know how many people took up the Christian Aid
challenge in Wales to decide what one thing they would take with
them if they were driven from their home at a minute's notice
because of war. During the charity's fund-raising week in Wales
last month, everyone was asked to show solidarity with the millions
of people around the world who have had to do just that. Those
taking part were then asked to put a photograph of themselves with
that object on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
The Welsh bishops certainly responded to the challenge. The
Bishop of Swansea & Brecon, the Rt Revd John Davies, would take
a picture of his family - his wife, Jo, daughter, Kate, and son,
Christopher. "It was taken at a very happy time," he says, "when we
were all faced with change and new opportunities."
Two of them - the Bishop of St Asaph, Dr Gregory Cameron, and
the Bishop of St Davids, the Rt Revd Wyn Evans - would take icons
of Christ. "It seems to me", Dr Cameron says, "that, if we can
carry our faith with us, even in the face of tremendous odds, we're
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, would take a painting
by Sir Kyffin Williams, given to him when he left the diocese of
Bangor. "It's of the church of Llangwyfan," he says. "It is on an
island that had been abandoned. It was restored and rededicated.
When I see it, I think of new life and resurrection from the old,
and that gives me hope."
But the Bishop of Bangor, the Rt Revd Andrew
John(above), would seize his saxophone as he fled to
safety. "Not only would it cheer me up in a bad moment, but it
could also be the means of earning some money to build a new home,
which could easily be a stark reality, [as] for many people in
Syria and other countries."