Simon Jenkins rightly derides the notion of the Church of England as “a national corporation of grandees”, for if the church exists at all, in any meaningful sense, it’s at the local, parochial level (Churches could double as banks, or even serve beer. We can’t leave them empty, 31 December). But this is where Jenkins wrongly, in my view, elides two similar terms: congregation and community. The local church “congregation” consists just of those who actively worship in the church building – and in rural contexts it’s often a very small number indeed.
Full story at The Guardian
  • Beer
  • Community
  • Churches
  • Church
  • Bank
  • Evolving
  • National
  • Corporation
  • Grandees
  • Meaningful
  • Parochial
  • December