Friday, November 22, 2013

Christianity is one generation away from extinction in the UK, warns Lord Carey

Lord Carey has warned that Christianity is "a generation away from extinction" in Britain
Lord Carey, the former CoE Archbishop of Canterbury, has warned that Christianity is one generation away from extinction in the UK, proposing that all the Churches must become missionary if the death of Christianity is to be avoided. Lord Carey told a conference in London:
‘Lord Carey’s warning came as he addressed the Shropshire Light Conference at Holy Trinity Church in Shrewsbury at the weekend discussing how the church could be “re-imagined”.
The former Archbishop said while the church is doing much important work, it faces an existential challenge.
“In many parts of Britain churches are struggling, some priests are diffident and lack confidence; a feeling of defeat is around.
“The burden seems heavy and joy in ministry has been replaced by a feeling of heaviness.”
He said that the reaction from the public was not so much hostile as dismissive.
“The viewpoint could be expressed in a variety of non -verbal ways: the shrug of indifference, the rolled eyes of embarrassment, the yawn of boredom.
“So many people do not see the average church as a place where great things happen. “To sit in a cold church looking at the back of other peoples’ heads is surely not the best place to meet exciting people and to hear prophetic words.”  (more...)

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