"Insurance figures in Britain show that, contrary to conventional wisdom, churches are safer when unlocked during the day. Speaking at a conference of the National Churches Tourism Group, secretary Rosemary Watts said research shows locked churches suffer twice as much crime as unlocked churches."
"For the past three years at the annual Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival, CMS [Church Mission / Missionary Society] has caused a stir with its bold and imaginative ventures. The latest was the Cardboard Cathedral." The Cathedral was actually built of cardboard, with real chimes (mounted above the cathedral) and stained glass windows made by CMS staff and Camp members. "It was a reminder that cathedrals are for everyone, and also that many of our brothers and sisters around the world live in poverty and have no permanent building in which to worship God."
Contents: Authors -- Introduction / Ian Bunting --Celebrating the Anglican Way / George Carey -- Part 1: Believing the Anglican Way -- 1. The Anglican Character / Stephen Sykes -- 2. Church and society / John Habgood -- 3. Anglican belief / Bruce Kaye -- 4. A worldwide communion / Michael Nazir-Ali -- Part 2: Belonging in the Anglican Church -- 5. Anglican origins and ethos / Elizabeth Culling -- 6. The Anglican way of worship / Michael Vasey -- 7. Word and sacrament / Philip Seddon -- 8. Churchmanship / Jonathan Baker -- Part 3: Following the Anglican Way -- 9. Praying our way through life / Graham Piggott -- 10. Sharing our faith in the world / Amiel Osmaston and Alison White -- 11. Care and change in our society / Lawrence Osbern -- Part 4: Appreciating Anglican structures -- 12. Orders and officers of the church / David Sceats -- 13. Church government / Michael Botting -- 14. Church buildings / Richard and Sarah Burton -- Part 5: The Way Ahead -- 15. The Anglican future / Ian Bunting -- 16. Praying with the church -- Further reading -- Acknowledgements -- Index.
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OTCH Note: The essay "Orders and officers of the church" is particularly useful for brief histories and descriptions of individuals and bodies such as: all orders of clergy (bishop, priest, deacon), parish, deanery, diocese, etc.
"A Report prepared for the General Synod of the Church of England by the Board of Mission's Inter-Faith Consultative Group".
Bibliography, p. 63-64.
"The Church of England is blessed with a wealth of church buildings inherited from another age. In determining our responsibilities towards this heritage and to the needs of the current time, we are compelled to take into account a reality which would have astonished our ancestors -- namely, the vigorous communities of other faiths in many of our large cities. These Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities, no longer migrant but still not fully established in England, often look for help to the Christian churches when they require the use of property temporarily for their meetings, or when they hope to lease or purchase property on a more permanent basis. .... This is a report prepared by the Inter-Faith Consultative Group of the General Synod's Board of Mission for the Church of England in England. .... Our report deals explicitly with Church of England churches and church halls. There are other considerations which apply to school, college, hospital and other chapels which we could not detail here, although many of the principles noted here will apply in those situations also." -- Preface.
Chair of Inter-Faith Consultative Group 1995: The Rt. Rev. Christopher Mayfield, Bishop of Manchester.
Contents: The Inter-Faith Consultative Group 1995 -- Preface dated 31 July 1995 / Thomas Leicester i.e. Thomas Butler, Bishop of Leicester, Chairman of the Board of Mission -- Disposal and use of church buildings: facing new questions -- Debates and decisions within the British Churches 1971-1984 -- How do the Scriptures help us decide ? -- Meeting, memory, mystery: perspectives on holy place and property -- Disposal: other faith communities and Anglican buildings -- Use: the experience of hospitality -- The legal situation and recommendations on leasing and disposal -- The legal situation and recommendations on use -- Bibliography.
An enormous Saxon Cathedral is now believed to have been on the site of Canterbury Cathedral dating back to the 10th century. Details of the find were shared at a news conference on the site on 19 March 1993.