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Members or volunteers?

Maggie Durran

by Maggie Durran

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 @ 12:06

We are filling in forms to apply for grants, and somehow we find ourselves arguing about whether we are members or volunteers. To some of us, at least, we are undoubtedly members; we are not volunteers to a cause. We don't think Christianity is a cause, more a way of life that means we belong.

LET us begin with the limitations of language. Most application processes do not have a word for the kind of members we are, who give everything to God, "to love God and love ...

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Fri 31 Jul 15 @ 18:59
@steveLIVS @RhodesWriter @c_of_e It wasn't our data, it was a survey by the British Election Study. HS

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Giving in @c_of_e up to £1 billion. But number of givers falling http://t.co/XTRi469vxv http://t.co/DZOtKmFWHH