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Church of England creating 'pagan church' to recruit members

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Church of England creating 'pagan church' to recruit members

The Church of England is trying to recruit pagans and spiritual believers as part of a drive to retain congregation numbers.

The Church of England is trying to recruit pagans and spiritual believers as part of a drive to retain congregation numbers.
Crowds gather at dawn amongst the stones at Stonehenge in Wiltshire for the Summer Solstice Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA

The church is training ministers to create “a pagan church where Christianity [is] very much in the centre” to attract spiritual believers.

Ministers are being trained to create new forms of Anglicanism suitable for people of alternative beliefs as part of a Church of England drive to retain congregation numbers.

Reverend Steve Hollinghurst, a researcher and adviser in new religious movements told the BBC: “I would be looking to formulate an exploration of the Christian faith that would be at home in their culture.”

He said it would be “almost to create a pagan church where Christianity was very much in the centre.”

The Church Mission Society, which is training ministers to “break new ground”, hopes to see a number of spiritual people align themselves with Christianity.

Andrea Campenale, of the Church Mission Society, said: “Nowadays people, they want to feel something; they want to have some sense of experience.

“We live in reflective England where there’s much more of a focus on ourselves. I think that is something we can bring in dialogue with the Christian society.”

The Church Mission Society’s webpage advertising their pioneer training scheme states: “Wherever in the world the mission of Jesus goes on, the church needs pioneer mission leaders to break new ground.”

The news comes as spiritual seekers celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge today.

Pagans and druids will gather to watch the sun rise following the longest day of the year, celebrating at the historic monument.

The new move could see famous druids such as druid leader Arthur Pendragon move to Anglicanism.

More than 20,000 people gathered at Stonehenge today ahead of a £27 million transformation of the site.

The huge gathering of people marked the event in a "positive, friendly atmosphere" as they waited for the sun to come up, but cloudy skies prevented them from basking in a beautiful sunrise.

Superintendent Matt Pullen from Wiltshire Police said: "Solstice 2013 has been a great success with approximately 21,000 people celebrating in the positive, friendly atmosphere as they waited for sunrise.

"The weather held but unfortunately the cloud cover was too dense to see the sun come up."

Loraine Knowles, Stonehenge director at English Heritage, said that although Stonehenge never failed to impress visitors, the setting of the stones had marred people's appreciation and enjoyment of the site.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10133906/Church-of-England-creating-pagan-church-to-recruit-members.html

by on Jun. 22, 2013 at 7:29 AM
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doomshroom
by Bronze Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM
lol. i know. who do they think they're fooling?

Quoting mikiemom:

 


nothing new, this is why christians celebrate Yule, Easter, etc. - christmas is just Yule with the story changed a little bit, after a few generations nobody even remembered that it was the oak kIng (jesus) killing the Holly King - (god of the old testament)


Quoting doomshroom:

so wait ... a christian centered pagan church?

o.O



 

illogicalkat
by Bronze Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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And now we are so far removed from it that there are Christians who scream "blasphemy!" when you point out that Easter is named after a goddess and Christmas is Yule in disguise.

Then they'll try to argue that Easter means something totally different. Because the resurrection was all about bunny rabbits and colored eggs. </sarcasm>


Quoting mikiemom:


nothing new, this is why christians celebrate Yule, Easter, etc. - christmas is just Yule with the story changed a little bit, after a few generations nobody even remembered that it was the oak kIng (jesus) killing the Holly King - (god of the old testament)

Quoting doomshroom:

so wait ... a christian centered pagan church?

o.O





Raintree
by Ruby Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

The CofE has always had some "pagan" leanings anyway- I'm.thinking mostly of their harvest services which are quite different than something you'd find in an American protestant church. I actually think that within Christianity there is a thirst among some to feel connected to the natural world and that's where the church has fallen down so mightily for many years. People find meaning in the seasons and world around them-bringing some of that in to the church might make it a more holistic experience for members already there.

I don't necessarily see this as trying to convert new members as trying to retain members.

Also, back in 2007 or so, there were several groups here on.CM that were for pagan/Christian hybrids.

Della529
by Matlock on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

 Isn't it already “a pagan church where Christianity [is] very much in the centre”?

AlekD
by Gold Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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I don't really understand what a pagan christian church is. Is it Pagan with a little Jesus thrown in? Is it Christian but outside with people standing in a circle? I just don't get this, sorry. I guess I'd have to see it.

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM

 

No it's a christian church where paganism is very much at it's center. Begin worshiping the Goddess and they might be on to something.

Quoting Della529:

 Isn't it already “a pagan church where Christianity [is] very much in the centre”?


 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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in order to get it all you have to do is go to church on sunday, all the catholic church is missing is the Goddess being equal with the God.

Quoting AlekD:

I don't really understand what a pagan christian church is. Is it Pagan with a little Jesus thrown in? Is it Christian but outside with people standing in a circle? I just don't get this, sorry. I guess I'd have to see it.


 

Raintree
by Ruby Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM


Quoting Della529:

 Isn't it already “a pagan church where Christianity [is] very much in the centre”?

Exactly, lol

AlekD
by Gold Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM

/facepalm



ok.

Quoting mikiemom:


in order to get it all you have to do is go to church on sunday, all the catholic church is missing is the Goddess being equal with the God.

Quoting AlekD:

I don't really understand what a pagan christian church is. Is it Pagan with a little Jesus thrown in? Is it Christian but outside with people standing in a circle? I just don't get this, sorry. I guess I'd have to see it.




mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM

 

Are you denying that most of the catholic ritual was stolen from paganism.

Quoting AlekD:

/facepalm

 

 

ok.

Quoting mikiemom:

 

in order to get it all you have to do is go to church on sunday, all the catholic church is missing is the Goddess being equal with the God.

Quoting AlekD:

I don't really understand what a pagan christian church is. Is it Pagan with a little Jesus thrown in? Is it Christian but outside with people standing in a circle? I just don't get this, sorry. I guess I'd have to see it.

 

 



 

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