Thursday, 9 September 2004

cornucopia in Guardian

Three religion stories:

Yesterday, Hywel Williams had an opinion column The trouble with George which is about George Carey. None of it is complimentary, here is a sample:

Never keen on his successor, Carey is as blunt as the present archbishop is opaque. Now he seems determined to give a voice to the church within the church, a movement that rejects not only liberal tolerance but also the church authority that once gave him a career. For the striking thing about the gay-phobic evangelicals of the US and Britain is that they are not really Episcopalians. They reserve the right to follow bishops they approve of and then to withdraw diocesan subscriptions if the local bishop fails to toe their line. They are, in effect, Congregationalists running their own churches and selecting their own theology.

Today, Stephen Bates reports on the new CofE statistics that were published yesterday (see Peter Owen’s announcement here).
Church counts its blessings. This report shows that credibility on this subject will not recover quickly from the past perceptions of statistical manipulation:

The church claimed yesterday that other statistics published this year, showing attendances continuing to decline well below 900,000, were wide of the mark and that a “more precise figure” showed an average of 1.7 million people attending church over the month (though only a million attending on Sundays).

and, a report on what Rowan Williams and others said at St Paul’s Cathedral:
UN ‘should listen to campaigners’.
Information about this series is available here.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 9 September 2004 at 12:23 PM GMT | TrackBack
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Well, I’d really be interested in attending or seeing some of it, but I’m in America. I wish it were being webcast (like some of the events at Trinity, Wall Street, NYC). Maybe transcripts will be offered later?

Posted by: Jay Vos at September 9, 2004 01:28 PM
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