Llan, a new monastic community in Cardiff

Llan is a new monastic fresh expression of church based in Cardiff, South Wales, drawing on the very Welsh traditions of monasticism and Celtic spirituality.

We showed this Llan video profile at our last mission shaped ministry day and it went down really well. There’s also a lot more information on the Llan website, as well as a blog from James Karran, the Baptist pioneer minister who leads it.

I particular love the name ‘Llan’, and it’s connection to historical Welsh culture and tradition:

Llan is a prefix used in many Welsh place names. The llan was a designated (usually walled) enclosure – a holy space – in ancient Wales within which a monastery was built and a community of spiritual seekers gathered. They were not all monks, many were lay people who worked within the llan and attended prayers etc. Whoever they were, however, they wanted to discover more about Jesus’ way of life and used the monastic practices to do this. At Llan we want to do the same: invite people to explore their own spiritual journey in community with other pilgrims, all of us believing that on some level, in some way, Jesus is central to our yearning.

About the author: James Henley
James Henley
James has been with The Lab since 2007 and leads our team. He's an ordained pioneer minister in the Church in Wales.