The Rt. Reverend Doctor Barry Morgan: “The Church of Wales and Its History”
The Rt. Reverend Doctor Barry Morgan, long a Welsh Anglican Bishop and academic from Neath in Wales and retired Archbishop of Wales, will discuss the Church of Wales and its history and unique features of being an Anglican Church in Britain but not affiliated with the Church of England. Dr. Morgan served for 14 years at the helm of the Church of Wales before retiring in 2017. He is the longest-serving archbishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion after having spent 24 years as a bishop. During his service to the church, Dr. Morgan held both parish and university posts before becoming Bishop of Bangor in 1993 and Llandaff in 1999. He became Archbishop of Wales in 2003. During his time in office, it became possible for women to be ordained as priests and bishops and for prayers to be offered for same-sex couples in public services in the Church in Wales. As well as being Pro-Chancellor of the University of Wales, Rev. Morgan is a Fellow of five Welsh Universities, a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and a Knight of the Order of St. John. He has published a number of articles in books and journals, as well as a book on the poetry of R. S. Thomas. Rev. Morgan also chaired a Commission on Homelessness in Wales in 2007 on behalf of Shelter Cymru.