“That vision of the Anglican Church as an inclusive institution, open to everyone and the priest’s cure of souls extending to everyone in his or her parish, no matter what their faith or lack of it, is increasingly under threat in Britain. This is partly through pastoral reorganisation and partly the rise of a gathered model of church in evangelicalism, reluctant to take funerals for all who come. The Queen’s shaping by the rhythm of scripture and Anglican liturgy is undervalued by many in the Church today, yet it is sustaining. A faith needs deep rooted sustenance by scripture and tradition to have the staying power of Elizabeth II.”
This evening (Tues 15th Nov) over 100 supporters and organisers of the Save the Parish movement (STP) met with MPs to discuss the pressing issues facing parishes up and down the country.