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.