Saturday, 29 November 2003

Saturday religion roundup

Earlier this week, Church asked to disinter ‘Harold’ in the Guardian. A church court was asked to give permission to open a medieval tomb which may conceivably contain the bones of King Harold, last Anglo-Saxon ruler of England.
And yesterday, The Times reported on Churches unite for justice in housing market. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, yesterday challenged the morality of the property market, arguing that it was “divorced” from people’s needs and left those working in essential services unable to afford a home.
Today, the Guardian has a comment column by Jewish academic Geza Vermes on What’s sex got to do with it?
Meanwhile the Telegraph has a useful column on Muslim God and Christian God by Christopher Howse.
The Times has Priest turns property tycoon to put churches in profit which is about a new company called Ecclesiastical Property Services. If this company has a website, I didn’t find it yet.

The same paper’s At Your Service column has a description of what happens at St Philip and St Jacob Bristol. This may or may not be the kind of thing that David Stancliffe was writing about recently but I’m pretty sure it’s what John Ewington dislikes not to mention Prudence Dailey.

The music is the main variable, with traditional organ-led services only about once every two months. Today the worship leader is 27-year-old Adam Stone, a student at the Bristol Old Vic theatre school. He describes his music as “U2-ish soft-rock”, and his band has drums, a piano and bass, acoustic and electric guitars. Sometimes there is half an hour of solid singing, punctuated by the occasional guitar riff. “It’s great to get into the presence of God and stay there for a while,” he says.
Perhaps the most notable innovation is a very large screen attached to the partition between the nave and the chancel. When a lady stands up to ask the congregation for help with some church maintenance work there appear on the screen two towering clip-art men - one holding a ladder, and another knocking a nail into a wall. During the sermon I look on in wonder as the preacher’s main points - as well as assorted quotations from the Bible - swoop jauntily into view.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Saturday, 29 November 2003 at 11:10 AM GMT | TrackBack
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