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:
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.
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
Our approach to conviviality is grounded in four biblical principles:
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.