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Survey asks clergy: is CofE stuffy?

15 August 2014

by a staff reporter

ANGLICAN clergy in the UK are being asked whether the Church of England is stuffy and out of touch.

The question is part of a YouGov survey of a random selection of 5000 clergy, almost one third of those in Crockford's Clerical Directory aged 70 or under. It has been devised by Professor Linda Woodhead, of Lancaster University (above). The results will inform debates about the future of the C of E, which will take place in Oxford in the autumn.

Respondents are asked whether they subscribe to statements about their Church, both positive - "It is at the heart of local communities", "It is part of our heritage", "It brings people closer to God", etc. - and negative: "It is stuffy and out of touch", "It is hypocritical", "It is too conservative" etc.

Other questions cover Establishment, the parish system, Anglican unity, and clergy pay.

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