The Union of Welsh Independents’ Annual Meetings were held at Nant Gwrtheyrn, Gwynedd on July 2-4. They were presided over by the President of the Union, the Revd Dr R Alun Evans and delegates were welcomed to the Nant by Soar Nefyn Sunday School children, Chwilog Choir, Gwenan Gibbard and Alun Ffred Jones AM .
Both days’ activities opened with lively and articulate meditations by Dafydd Roberts, Trefor.
This proved to be a lively conference, with useful and constructive discussions. A number of decisions were approved:
- the appointment of a Liaison Officer to serve the Peace Network in the Associations
- the need to promote the Union’s associations and networks and to employ a worker to do so
- oppose any suggestion by the Westminster government to repeal the Human Rights Act
- calls on the Union and churches to declare support for the ‘Boycott, De-investing and Exclusions’ campaign against the state of Israel
- oppose renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system
For the first time, a forum was held at the end of the conference to allow people to submit matters for consideration, to express fears and concerns, or to share ideas and suggestions. It was a great success.
We had a powerful sermon at Friday evening’s service by the Revd Euros Wyn Jones, Llangefni.
On Saturday, there was a celebration of faith in Nant Gwrtheyrn. A marquee was erected for the occasion and Independent members from across north Wales attended the event. There were seminars and workshops in the hall, and worship (with Ebeneser Cardiff’s band), music (with Gwenan Gibbard, Brigyn and Cai Maxwell) and various interviews in the marquee. There were also activities for children and young people.
The Liverpool Association medallion for public speaking was won by Alys Bratch from Llandudno, and the Denman Cup by Salem Porthmadog Sunday School.
Many thanks to everyone who made the Annual Meetings and the worship event such a success, and to Nant Gwrtheyrn staff for their hospitality and ready co-operation.