Wednesday, December 11, 2013

“evangelise or fossilise”.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, speaking at a Christian conference recently, warned that Christianity is in danger of dying out in a generation in Britain unless something is done. He spoke of clergy gripped with feelings of defeat and a public who just rolls their eyes and yawns at the idea of religion. 

Soon after, The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, told the Church of England's General Synod said the time has come to “evangelise or fossilise” as he laid a report before them warning that numbers in national church were falling dangerously low. He called for a new missionary stance saying that their constant internal debates were like no more than “rearranging furniture when the house is on fire” and that was needed was a campaign for the “re-evangelisation of England”, modeled on the ministry of saints such as Cuthbert, Hilda and Aidan missionary efforts in Anglo-Saxon times.

How did Synod respond? They voted to set up a committee.

You can read the article in the Telegraph on this hereAnd there's an interesting podcast, giving an Orthodox perspective on this issue, here.

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