Category Archives: sociology of religion

Neighbouring

Another local minister put me onto this book about Jesus’ greatest commandments, The Art of Neighboring, by American ministers Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon. Imagine if a network of churches across the city were engaged in actively pursuing the best for … Continue reading

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Findings from the Northampton Faith Communities Survey.

I reported a few months ago that Northampton Council had commissioned a survey into the status and needs of faith communities across the town. A couple of weeks ago I attended a workshop for faith leaders to discuss and critique … Continue reading

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The benefits of a state church.

After this weeks debate in parliament and the passing of the equal (same-sex) marriage bill I had pondered what it’s effects on churches might be. Many had suggested that perhaps now is the time to disestablish the church, so that … Continue reading

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Northampton Faith Communities Survey

This year Northampton County Council are doing a survey of all the faith groups in the town, the extent of their activities, number of adherents, and their possible needs. The Northampton Chronicle wrote a short piece on the research this … Continue reading

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Searching for intimacy in the @ generation #iasym13

I’m at the IASYM conference in Cambridge – the international association of studies of youth ministry, mostly doing childcare as my wife is involved in the organisation. There are a number of papers applicable to the young adult section as … Continue reading

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Church and community

1) Community social life is necessary for healthy religious life, and 2) if the church is going to succeed it must recognise the social needs of the community and assume its share of the leadership in social activities. A quote … Continue reading

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What makes a good third place?

Churches should want to become a central part of the community by providing third spaces for people to go to. Ray Oldenburg, who wrote The Great Good Place, characterizes  the third space as those places in a community that are … Continue reading

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