|the old church at Llanfrothen
Fresh from making his views clear on the name of the Welsh assembly (he favours the Welsh-only rather than the bilingual option), the BBC's Huw Edwards is now leading a campaign - Exploring Sacred Wales - to link 500 Welsh churches and chapels with a single 440-mile route.
He's doing so in his role as vice-president of the National Churches Trust (NCT).
It sounds like a fine project and I wish it success.
Here's Huw's reasoning:
In Wales today, those tokens of Plantagenet savagery, the medieval castles, are cared for with a vigilance approaching the fetishistic. We willingly revere these symbols of our oppression.
In this same Wales, those heroic symbols of our nonconformist freedom, the chapels, are neglected, disdained and spurned. They lie rotting and decomposed in town centres, casually vandalised. They are invisible and irrelevant. They seldom pierce the people’s awareness, but when they do, they provoke repugnance and scorn.
It really is no exaggeration to say that the spirit of the chapels shaped modern Wales. But modern Wales doesn’t want to know.Time for an R.S. Thomas poem then:
in a way that men are not now.