The consequences of the women bishops vote start to roll in

7 12 2012

gay-churchs600x600The Prime Minister has just announced that the government’s legislation introducing marriage for same-sex couples will include provision for religious organisations to host such ceremonies. This is a small shift in the detail of the legislation, but it represents a deeper readjustment of the government’s view towards the Church of England, and it is a direct consequence of the Women Bishops vote in November.

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We must open our eyes to reality

18 10 2010

Our assumptions about how people approach faith in the 21st Century are shockingly out of date.

A friend of mine was sitting next to me at a session hosted by Manchester Cathedral recently. We were meeting to explore what form a vibrant Christianity might take in today’s society. Although a remarkbly ‘in touch’ kinda guy, we discovered at the end of the meeting that my friend had been labouring under the assumption that everybody had been to Sunday School as a child…

Sylvia Collins Mayo has just released a book called ‘The Faith of Generation Y’. For those not tempted to part with £14,99 or the several hours involved, a podcast interview can be found here.

In essence, Collins Mayo has found that ‘Generation Y’ have not inherited many of their parents’ attitudes towards God and/or the Church. This means we have no instinctive loyalty to Christianity, but it also means that we are open to the whole idea.

The challenge for the Church is to make Faith and Christianity a relevant concept for the 21st Century. If we are to do this, we must abandon the assumptions of a by-gone era, and open our eyes to the reality before us.





Dressing Up

10 05 2009

[You can listen to this letter once it has been broadcast here. Alternatively, search ‘James Townsend’ on your iTunes Store to subscribe.]

Human relationships are a complicated affair, as any sociologist is bound to tell you so that he or she might justify their existence. Very often the realm of personal interaction can be a Read the rest of this entry »