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Cross Party Group Details

Cross Party Group Title:

Cross-Party Group on Faith

Group membership and office holders

Name of Group Chair:

Darren Millar MS

Names of other Members of the Senedd:

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Name of Secretary and Organisation:

Jim Stewart

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Other meetings of the Group since the last AGM

Meeting 1: Faith journeys: Pilgrimage and its impact in Wales

Date of Meeting: 1 February 2023

Online

Attendees:

1. Ainsley Griffiths – Church in Wales

2. Altaf Hussain MS

3. Caroline Plant – Replenished Life

4. Christine Abbas – Baha’i Council of Wales

5. Colin Heyman – Jewish Community

6. Darren Millar MS (Chair)

7. Elliott Vanstone – Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

8. Gareth Edwards – Christian Institute

9. Gethin Rhys – Cytun

10. Jaeyeon Choe (Speaker)

11. Jim Stewart (Secretary & note-taker)

12. Jonathan Isaac

13. Lee Gonzalez – Member Support Staff (Joel James MS)

14. Mark Isherwood MS

15. Molly Conrad – Catholic Church

16. Nathan Sadler – Evangelical Alliance

17. Phil McCarthy – Catholic Church

18. Richard Parry – Coleridge Cymru

19. Russell George MS

20. Sam Rowlands MS

21. Sarah Jones

22. Simon Plant – Replenished Life

23. Siva Sivapalan – Hindu Council of Wales

24. Tara Moorcroft – Member Support Staff (Darren Millar MS)

25. Tom Giffard MS

Summary of the issues discussed:

The guest speaker was Dr Jaeyeon Choe, currently with Glasgow Caledonian

University but formerly a faculty member of Swansea University. She is a tourism researcher

and an Associate Editor of the Tourism Geographies Journal. Dr Choe gave a presentation in which she emphasised:

 That pilgrimage is the .oldest form of travel in history and has increased in popularity

during the pandemic

 What are the reasons for the recent renaissance? Spiritual wellbeing, social aspect

and coming out of pandemic where people have lost loved ones

 The community regeneration aspects of faith tourism: Kumanokodo in Japan was affected by the tsunami but has now opened a new route. The town had been depressed but this has been welcomed by locals as it brings tourists into the area.

Meeting 2: Is Wales losing its faith? Reflections on the 2021 census

Date of Meeting: 21 June 2023

In person and online

Attendees:

Present in person:

1. Alan Lansdown

2. Alun Davies MS

3. Bonnie Williams, Housing Justice Cymru

4. Charlotte Raymond, Darren Millar’s Office

5. Colin Harris

6. Darren Millar MS (Chair)

7. Ed Sumner, Laura Ann Jones’s Office

8. Fr Jacob Siemens, Orthodox Church

9. Jack Street

10. Jim Stewart (note-taker)

11. Laura Ann Jones MS

12. Lee Gonzales, Joel James’s Office

13. Mabon ap Gwynfor MS

14. Major Peter Harrison, British Army

15. Mark Isherwood MS

16. Mavis Harris

17. Nathan Sadler, Evangelical Alliance

18. Russel George MS

19. Sam Rowlands MS

20. Sion Brynach, Cytun

21. Stanley Soffa, Jewish community

22. Tad Deiniol, Orthodox church

23. The Most Reverend Andrew John (Speaker)

24. Tim Rowlands, Evangelical Alliance

Present online:

1. Ainsley Griffiths, Church in Wales

2. Altaf Hussain MS

3. Andrew Sully

4. Carys Moseley

5. Christine Abbas, Baha’i Council of Wales

6. Donna Graves

7. Elliott Vanstone, Catholic Church

8. Gethin Rhys, Cytun

9. Heather Douglas

10. Janice Jones

11. Judith Leigh

12. Leigh McFarlane

13. Mazin Alfaham

14. Molly Conrad, Catholic Church

15. Rhys ab Owen MS

16. Sasha Perriam, Cytun

17. Stephen Lodwick, British Army

18. Tara Moorcroft, Darren Millar’s Office

19. Verity Sterling, Archbishop’s Office

Summary of the issues discussed:

1. An AGM was held:

a. Jim Stewart was appointed as Secretary for the group for the next 12 months,

nominated by Darren Millar MS and seconded by Alun Davies MS.

b. Darren stepped down as chair and Jim took nominations for Chair for the

group for the next 12 months. Darren was appointed as Chair, nominated by

Alun Davies AM and seconded by Mabon ap Gwynfor AS

2. Darren introduced the speaker, The Most Reverent Andrew John, Archbishop of

Wales, who gave a presentation on the subject ‘Is Wales losing its faith? Reflections

on the 2021 census.’

In his presentation, the Archbishop highlighted the challenges of secularism, post-

modernism and relativism that faith communities faced in Wales. He said that, on

one hand, the census data did indicate a drop n people identifying as belonging to

faith communities but said that there were encouragements, such as, (1) this trend

was not irreversible and (2) there were fresh signs of faith being outwardly

articulated faith in new ways.

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Professional lobbyists, voluntary organisations and charities the Group have met during the previous year.

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Annual Financial Statement

Cross Party Group Title:

Cross-Party Group on Faith

Date:

21/07/23

Name of Chair:

Darren Millar MS

Name of Secretary and Organisation: f

Jim Stewart

Title

Description

Amount

Group’s Expenses

None

£0.00

Costs of all goods

No goods bought

£0.00

Benefits received by the group or individuals members from external bodies

No benefits received

£0.00

Any financial support or other support.

No financial support was received

£0.00

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No services were provided to the Group

No hospitality was paid for.

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