How HR is strangling the Church of England - Giles Fraser writing in UnHerd

How HR is strangling the Church of England - Giles Fraser writing in UnHerd

Financial pressure stimulates panicky missionary initiatives with inviting sounding names...

Giles fears that what is dangerous to the overall mission and credibility of the church is the fearful reaction that often accompanies reductions of clergy and closures. Financial pressure, he states, stimulates panicky missionary initiatives with inviting sounding names dreamt up in the religious PR department. Bishop Cedd managed with the Bible, faith in the living God and a good pair of shoes.

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Radical Welcome: What does it mean to be an inclusive church?

Radical Welcome: What does it mean to be an inclusive church?

Open Table’s Kieran Bohan was interviewed by Revd Phillip Johnson, vicar of the Parish of Malvern Link...

Radical Welcome: What does it mean to be an inclusive church?

Open Table Network Coordinator Kieran Bohan was interviewed by Revd Phillip Johnson, vicar of the Parish of Malvern Link With Cowleigh in May. This parish is discerning whether to host an Open Table community.

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People leaving German church at record rate - reports Christa Pongratz-Lippitt (The Tablet)

People leaving German church at record rate - reports Christa Pongratz-Lippitt (The Tablet)

272,771 people left the country’s Catholic Church in 2019, and 270,000 people ended their membership of the Protestant Church....

The German bishops’ conference announced on Friday that a record 272,771 people left the country’s Catholic Church in 2019. The number represented an increase of more than 56,000 on the 216,000 who left in 2018, and exceeds by a large margin the previous record of 218,000 leaving in 2014.

The figures are part of a growing countrywide exodus from the Christian Churches. The German Protestant Church saw a similar loss of members, with 270,000 people ending their membership in 2019, an increase of 22 per cent on the previous year. The figures in Germany are easy to record, because those leaving officially opt out of the otherwise compulsory church tax.

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