27 November 2008

Lord Leslie Griffiths named Chair of Methodist Heritage Committee

Lord Leslie Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port has been appointed Chair of the newly formed Methodist Heritage Committee.

The Committee will work to better involve the Church's heritage in its engagement with contemporary society. By telling the stories of Methodism more effectively and supporting Methodist heritage sites as places of pilgrimage and spirituality, the committee will address how historic locations can be effective in Christian mission.

Lord Griffiths said; "In our post-colonial, post-modern world the question of identity looms large. Our heritage reminds us who we are and gives us the courage to tell our story and to serve the present age. I'm delighted to have a part to play in this imaginative new venture."

Lord Griffiths is a Methodist minister, Labour peer and broadcaster. He is a Knight of the Order of St. John and an Honorary Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral. He was President of the Methodist Conference 1994-1995. Among his interests he lists laughter and fellowship as well as literature, theology and sport.

A full-time Methodist Heritage Officer will be appointed to the Church's Connexional Team in the New Year, to convene and work collaboratively with the Committee.

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