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Out of the question

17 October 2014


Your answers

Are there any published studies concerning changes to the understanding of the diaconate, and/or the priesthood, and/or the episcopate since women have been admitted to them? 

My book A Theology of Women's Priesthood (SPCK, 2009) set out a theological understanding of priesthood that includes women; and A Priesthood of Both Sexes (SPCK, 2011) was an overview of how men and women priests across the Anglican Communion understood and related to one another in their ministry (Books, 30 October 2009 and 30 September 2011).

(The Revd Dr) Ali Green
Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire 


Why is there such an emphasis on recruiting young church members? Why not focus on the 55-65s? 

I don't know the questioner's circumstances, but I thought most churches already focused on the 55-65s! Ask a young person along, and he or she might say: "There's nothing for us." In our church, it's "the oldies" who are working their socks off to pray, seek guidance from God for the future of our churches, and for the young people.

Ask: "Will I be around in 30 years or so?" Why not think of the young in our communities, and get stuck into ways of reaching them with the Christian message? We can learn so much from one another. Start a Fresh Expression with the young at heart of all ages, and keep young.

Celia Humphreys (Reader/LLM)
Bampton, Oxon

Your questions

Is there too much tweeting and blogging by Christians? The first seems to to encourage egotism, the second, spite and party spirit.

M. A. 

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