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> Church attendance 'steady and rising'
Church attendance 'steady and rising'
Church Times reports on a new survey
The Church Times this week r
eports on research
that shows church attendance has stopped falling and is even rising. The survey, by Christian Research, showed that 1.67 million people attended Church of England services each week in 2008 (down only slightly from 1.71 million in 2001) and 918,844 people attended Roman Catholic mass compared to 915,556 in 2007. There was also a slight increase in attendance at Baptist Churches between 2002 and 2008. The research appears to be a compilation of data from various sources. It doesn't include data from new types of church.
The large numbers of people attending the Papal services this weekend at the end of the Pope's state visit demonstrates too that faith plays a major and active part in many peoples' lives. The wider political point is that whatever our standpoint on faith, this is a fact and nothing is gained from trying to suppress faith from the public square. The challenge remains how to engage.
Stephen Beer, 19/09/2010
Labour Conference over
Reflections on the way home after the final morning.
Wednesday at Labour Conference
Speaking at a fringe event - finishing at the Unite reception.
New Labour leader's speech
It cleared the decks.
Labour Conference - Monday
A brief update
At Labour Conference
A new leader elected, a task of renewal ahead.
The Bank Governor at the TUC
Whether or not 'we're all in this together', Mervyn King reminds us we are not all responsible.