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Mark Clavier

The Rev. Dr. Mark Clavier is Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon in the Church in Wales, Bishop's Chaplain, and Vicar of St Mary's Brecon.

An Elegy towards Hope

Stand with me for a moment on the southern shore of a lake only a few miles from where I live in mid-Wales. To...

A House-going Parson Makes a Church-going People

"You’re the first vicar ever to visit my home.” I can’t tell you how many times someone has said something along those lines to me....

For the Beauty of the Earth

Hope and the Aesthetics of Ecology  One of the themes for this summer’s Lambeth Conference is ecology. We have invited authors to reflect on what...

The Life of the Land: A Cautionary Tale

By Mark Clavier Once upon a time… …there was a palace of incomparable splendor, more resplendent than any palace that had been seen before. In the...

Come Labor On: Restructuring for Healthy Ecologies of Faith

By Mark Clavier Come, labor on. Who dares stand idle on the harvest plain while all around us waves the golden grain? And to each servant does the...

Restoring the Ecology of Faith

This is the second in a series on Revitalizing Ministry in Wales. By Mark Clavier We plough the fields and scatter The good seed on the land, But...

Let the Marble Weep

The first in a series on Revitalizing Ministry in Wales (Part Two is here).  By Mark Clavier Hither sometimes Sin steals, and stains The marble's neat and...

Common Objects of American Love: Augustine and the Inaugural Address

By Mark Clavier I admit that I occasionally can be a theological curmudgeon. I say this not to boast nor even to excuse myself since I’m...

Convivial Christianity: A Response to Critics and Concerned Friends

By Mark Clavier Several of my recent posts both on Covenant and elsewhere have caused some concern about my political well-being. Some have wondered whether...

“Past its Teeming Time”: Lessons from Colonial Barbados about Environmental Racism

By Mark Clavier When John Atkins, a British royal navy surgeon, visited Barbados in 1722, he was astonished by what he found. He had heard...