Our Mission

The world is charged with the grandeur of God — Gerard Manley Hopkins

Convivium is a new initiative of Brecon Cathedral to support strong local communities that connect people with their heritage, the environment, and faith. Convivium is a Latin word that means both to feast and to live together generously.

The three main goals of Convivium are:

  • To raise awareness about issues of sustainability and conservation. The focus will be less on renewable energy than on the need for individuals and communities to adopt sustainable lifestyles: to live in ways that are in harmony with God and creation;
  • To raise awareness about issues affecting rural and agricultural communities, especially in Wales, and to develop the Cathedral’s relationship with those communities;
  • To support strong local communities and identities that will encourage people to connect with their own localities and to foster research and activities that promote Welsh culture and religious heritage.

You can read about our guiding principles here.

Not every person, charity, or organisation that joins in our initiative will be signed-up to all our Principles. Some will be focused more on the environment, some on building strong local communities, some of preserving local heritage and culture, and some on the Christian faith.

All share, in their individual ways, a belief that consumer culture fails to deliver the happiness it promises while inflicting terrible damage to our planet and communities.

Our hope is that we can inspire others to embrace a vision of a world that connects with things richer and more fulfilling than consumer culture.

The world needs for us in the West to rediscover our roots, to accept the limitations this world places on us, and to reconnect with our Creator, his creation, and our communities.

Not convinced?

Our hope is that Convivium will provide opportunities for people from a variety of walks of life to explore what that world could be like

Come join us.

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A Theology of Conviviality

Our approach to conviviality is grounded in four biblical principles:

  • The Genesis image of a Creator who delights in a flourishing creation (‘And God saw everything he had made, and, behold, it was very good’ ( 1.31), ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ (Gen. 1.28)) and creating Adam and Eve to ‘tend and keep’ the earth (Gen. 2.15) as his image-bearing stewards;
  • The Easter image of the nuptial union between heaven and earth revealed in the resurrected body of Christ ( 24; Jn 20-21), portrayed in the vision of the heavenly Jerusalem (Rev. 21-22), and expressed through the sacraments, in which earthly creatures (water, bread, wine, oil) convey heavenly grace;
  • The Pauline image of humanity’s call to share in the work of redemption through reconciliation ( 1.19), fellowship (koinonia) (Acts 2.42; Rom. 12.10; Gal. 5.13; Phil. 2.1-2), and virtuous lives that manifest the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5.22.-23).

In the New Testament, these three images are expressed by the overarching image of the heavenly feast (Latin: convivium), portrayed as a wedding banquet (Mt. 22.1-14; Lk. 14.15-24), table-fellowship with the marginalized (Lk. 5.29-32; 7.36-49), and the Eucharist (1 Cor. 11.23-34).

These define the Christian understanding of conviviality.