Parents still value Harvest Festival for their children – poll

Sep 8, 2019 by

from the Church of England website: Parents have warm memories of taking part in Harvest Festivals and want their children to do the same – new polling shows. Two thirds of people (67%) say there is still value in children taking part in Christian Harvest Festivals, according to a ComRes survey of over 4,000 adults. But only half (49%) of parents say their children participate, possibly because of limited opportunity. The poll found that three quarters (73%) remember celebrating harvest...

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Nadia Bolz-Weber’s call for Sexual Reformation: do we need to hear it?

Sep 4, 2019 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: Who is Nadia Bolz-Weber? Is she a sexual prophet with a crucial message for our time? Should we listen? For anyone who has not heard of her, NBW (as it is quicker to call her) is an American priest in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Her recent book ‘Shameless’ calls for nothing less than a ‘sexual reformation’ and she has just spoken in Southwark Cathedral and also at Greenbelt, the arts festival. Part of her appeal is that...

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Awe and Wonder: Creative Yoga

Sep 3, 2019 by

from Peterborough Cathedral: (Ed: This recent event was a sell-out.) Settle down under the turning Earth to experience this imaginative and meditative yoga session. Using the ancient traditions of yoga this session will harness our connectedness with the natural world and link to the Gaia Earth artwork suspended above. This promises to be a unique and memorable experience! Led by priest and creative yoga practitioner, Helena del Pino. Doors open 6.30pm. Strictly no admission after 7.00pm....

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Brexit: open letter reveals Bishops split 60:40 on Government’s approach

Aug 29, 2019 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: The open letter on Brexit published yesterday by a group of Diocesan Bishops is interesting on a number of levels, not least of which is the fact that it is signed by 25 of their number, which is to say it wasn’t signed by 17 of them. The non-signatories might of course have been touring up the Amalfi Coast or plagued by IT demons and so unable to access urgent email winging its way from Leeds (of which more anon), but more likely is it that they felt they couldn’t put...

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80 per cent decline in religious funerals as mourners opt for golf courses and zoos over churches

Aug 29, 2019 by

by Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph: An all-black dress code, pallbearers marching in unison, and a steady stream of tears are not often associated with golf courses, zoos and Chinese takeaways. Yet according to the most extensive ever report on UK funeral trends which, the religious funeral is dying a death. Instead of services in crematoriums, churches and cemeteries, Britons are instead opting for increasingly quirky ways to mourn their loved ones. The Co-op, the UK’s largest national funeral...

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Is the Church an Instrument?

Aug 22, 2019 by

By Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition: In several articles (see the most recent here), I’ve been interacting with Mark Galli’s series “The Elusive Presence,” which makes the point that in our zeal for doing good things for God, our love and passion for God Himself has been eclipsed. I resonate with this diagnosis of the malaise within evangelicalism. At our best, evangelicals constitute a renewal movement within our denominations and churches. Losing “the love we had at first”—the problem for...

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