By Leslie J Francis
Some time past decade, cathedrals have blossomed as symptoms of progress for the Anglican Church in England and Wales. they've got opened their doorways to becoming congregations, to widening participation on the significant Christian gala's, and to viewers, pilgrims, and travelers on a altering quest for spiritual event and for religious fulfilment. during this thought-provoking quantity Leslie J. Francis' learn workforce offers ten targeted empirical experiences that light up what's relatively occurring in those cathedrals.
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M. ), Cathedrals now: Their use and place in society (pp. 9–23). Norwich, United Kingdom: Canterbury Press. Shephard, R. (1998). Music in these stones. In S. Platten & C. ), Flagships of the Spirit: Cathedrals in societyy (pp. 74–89). London, United Kingdom: Darton, Longman and Todd. Stancliffe, D. (1998). Walking in patterns: Cathedral worship. In S. Platten & C. ), Flagships of the Spirit: Cathedrals in societyy (pp. 50–73). London, United Kingdom: Darton, Longman and Todd. Theos & The Grubb Institute.
The congregations attending the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at two cathedrals were invited to complete a questionnaire, in which the following issues were explored: attitudes and opinions regarding Christmas and carol services, motivations for attending the cathedral service, and the broader context of religious belonging, believing, and practicing. The profile of those attending the cathedral carol service is compared and contrasted with other studies of Anglican churchgoers. The findings demonstrate how cathedral carol services reach out to a distinctive group of people somewhat different from those who attend church services week-by-week.
In particular, she identified five contexts through which such evangelism may take place to engage what she termed “the majority agnostic public” (p. 90): through welcoming visitors to their services; through pastoral mission among homeless people, refugees, and mentally ill people; through encounters with tourists attracted by art, architecture, and heritage; through religious education reaching out to schools; and through hosting events. In this latter context, cathedrals are large enough to hold events that raise the profile of the church— wedding fairs, exhibitions, and life courses (such as parenting, bereavement, or debt management)—and can not only resource the diocese and churches across the region but also serve the local community.
Anglican Cathedrals in Modern Life: The Science of Cathedral Studies by Leslie J Francis